Two principal conclusions can be drawn from the historiography of the later Hanoverians. The first is that although the practical means by which the Crown could influence political events declined, the Crown remained central to the high politics of the period. The second is that the popularity of the monarchy grew: particularly so in the latter stages of George III’s reign and to some degree in the course of his son’s. In one of the ironies of British history, a widespread affection for the monarchy grew in a period when one king went ‘mad’ and another treated his wife scandalously.1


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  • Peter Jupp
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  1. 1.The Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK

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