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Sunday, July 04, 2010

One of history's most unjustly maligned figures...

King George III, a great monarch.

4 comments:

The Ochlophobist said...

The fact that he had no mistress and presumably remained faithful to his wife, in contrast to so many English monarchs before and after him, leaves him worthy of respect in my book.

Alice C. Linsley said...

He certainly didn't make it easy for colonists to petition for legal redress. As the 1774 Petition to King George states: "Humble and reasonable petitions from the representatives of the people have been fruitless."

James the Thickheaded said...

As someone who watched the "Madness of King George" causing the actor to subsequently die (matter of days), I have to say the case against George tends to be overstated. Personal merits however do not speak to governance, and his hidebound tradition wasn't up to the job of dealing with the teeming colonies in these United States. And I for one and happy my ancestors chose to fight for the "other" George... a truly remarkable man who may have gotten the Indians wrong, but didn't miss on much else.

Anonymous said...

Considering the rest of the House of Hanover (now "House of Windsor"), or any other monarchy for that matter, we owe our ancestors a debt we can never repay for getting rid of the whole lot. A republic may not be ideal, but it beats the heck out of hereditary ne'er-do-wells.

Jim Cole