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.
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.