When you read Hamilton, Part II, you learned that King George III insane.
Poor King George — his grandfather, the King of England, didn’t like children, and especially didn’t like the little prince and to show it.
But then George’s father died unexpectedly and it was his grandfather that the kid he disdained was going to be King of England.
Prince George became with a certain Lady Sarah, but he was not allowed to marry her as she was not suitable queen material.
His grandfather tried to to quite a few suitable ladies, but Prince George refused.
When he was 22, George’s grandfather died, and he the king of Great Britain and Ireland.
But the king had to have a queen, and the powers had to the search. He was soon wed to Charlotte, a politically correct German lady whom he did not meet until their wedding day. She spoke not a word of English.
He and taught her about life in the British castle and it seems they lived happily ever after as a couple.
King George had a with his brothers because of their sex scandals, marrying inappropriate women, and other moral issues that were typical of the time.
Poor King George had all kinds of international problems, as it was never easy to all that Great Britain had conquered by the time he became king.
He never had a and didn’t have very upfront advisors; a lot of them had dubious characters or their own political agendas.
The War of Independence was one of his problems, and it that the colonists were joined by France, Spain and the Dutch Republic, and together, they won the war.
About 5 years after the Revolutionary War, poor King George began to show signs of mental illness, and that came legal problems between the Roman Catholics and the Protestants in his kingdom, followed by the French Revolution in 1789 and finally France declaring war on England in 1793.
During that time, he also had to to British India, Australia, Africa, the Persian Gulf and whatever else he had conquered or inherited.
By 1810 he was almost blind with cataracts, beginning to go deaf, in great pain from rheumatism, and depressed from the death of his favorite daughter; that’s when he total dementia.
But he didn’t until 1820, when he was 81.
Political enemies and historians have generally used King George’s dementia to him, but nowadays we know that he was a competent, ethical king and did the best he could.
The word cliffhanger comes from cliffs. Duh. Cliffs are vertical, or nearly vertical, rocks that have been formed by erosion and weathering. There are lots of famous cliffs, but the first ones that come to my mind are the White Cliffs of Dover, probably because there was a popular World War II song about them that was part of my childhood, and also because they are on the historical English coastline.
When one thinks of cliffhangers, England and its gothic novels always come to mind. Cliffhangers are the kind of story, book or movie that uses suspense either at the end of an episode or a scene. A good example was the way the final episode of Game of Thrones, season 5, was done. Jon Snow was dead. Or was he? Those of us who sweated it out until season 6 was aired were never really sure. The writers used old-fashioned melodrama, suspense and uncertainty, and the audience was left as if hanging from a cliff in a state of tension and apprehension. And that’s a true cliffhanger.
This part of the blog will not be able to offer any nail-biting cliffhangers, but it will have classes in series, and I hope they will be interesting enough that you will want to come back and read what happens next, even if you don’t lose sleep anticipating the next chapter. Enjoy.