Life and times of George III

Course Dates: 13/03/21 - 20/03/21
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
Location: Online

Explore the life and times of George 111 the first English born monarch for over 70 years whose reign saw both the loss of the American colonies and the birth of a new industrial, agricultural and scientific age.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Infamous for “losing” America and going mad, George III was the first English-born king for 70 years and a great
patriot who supported agricultural improvements and helped advance learning in the Age of the Enlightenment.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

George III had the longest reign of any English monarch up to his time and only Queen Victoria and our queen have
surpassed him since. During his 82 years he never left England although the British Empire expanded rapidly during
his reign. He was one of the best educated of all our monarchs and had a huge thirst for knowledge, accumulating a
massive library of some 60,000 books. Although Parliament had taken over the reins of government during his
two predecessors George was keen to play an important role and encourage moderation and reasonable reform.
He had one of the happiest marriages in royal history although his relations with his children were not always ideal.
His reign marked the start of the Industrial, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions but steered Britain free from the
political revolution in France.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify key stages in the history of late Georgian Britain
- Demonstrate understanding of the roles of the king and parliament in the late 18th century
- Contribute to discussions on the changes during the long reign in terms of the power of the Prime Minister, the
development of the British Empire, including the loss of America, and the impact of the revolutions in Agriculture
and Industry as well as the political upheavals in Europe.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an `introductory` course and does not assume previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind
and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than
specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Illustrated lectures, discussions, questions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No. Please bring pen and paper.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other courses in British and European history. Please see the City Lit Website.

Tutor Biographies
William Sterling Tutor Website

After a BA in History & Geography at Keele with Music, Education and Greek Studies as subsidiaries, William Sterling taught History full-time before becoming a Civil Servant working for the Departments of Transport and Education. This allowed him to study part-time for his MA from Birkbeck and PhD from King’s College, London. From 1992, he lectured in Adult Education at a number of colleges before joining the City Lit in 2008. Since 1994 he has been an official Gallery Guide at the British Museum, covering the whole museum but specialising in the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans, the Medieval & Modern European and Enlightenment Galleries. As a lecturer, he specialises in those same areas as well as Royal History (especially British Monarchs from 1603 to 1910), Composers’ Lives and other Cultural, especially interdisciplinary, topics. He also lectures on Cruise Ships on subjects ranging from Vikings to Shakespeare. He runs a website offering free resources on the subjects he teaches.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: HBH35

Full Sat, day, 13 Mar - 20 Mar '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £30.00

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