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George III by Jeremy Black

George III (Penguin Monarchs): Madness and Majesty

Jeremy Black

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Imprint: Allen Lane
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 29 Oct 2020
ISBN: 9780241248102

In this concise and penetrating biography, Jeremy Black turns away from the image-making and back to the archives, and instead locates George's life within his age

4 stars out of 5
Gerard DeGroot
24 Oct 2020

" This biography saves this decent man from his bewigged and bonkers reputation"

Take it from me: writing a short book is much harder than writing a long one. A strict word count is a cruel tyrant, suppressing creativity and reflection. The need to sustain the basic narrative means that quirky anecdotes are jettisoned. Black, an old hand at brevity, manages to pepper his trim narrative with lovely frills. The mark of a good short book is its ability to inspire curiosity and further investigation. Black achieves just that.