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The First Georgians: The German Kings Who Made Britain
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Series 1 - Episode 3
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This series opens a gilded door into the early Georgian age and shows it to be thoroughly strange.
Lucy Worsley – on waspishly good form – describes how in August 1734 an unlikely encounter took place in Kensington Palace. George II greeted a delegation from his eponymous colony across the Atlantic, Georgia, which included Creek Indians led by their chief Tomochichi. It was a moment when old world and new stood face to face, a hinge of history captured in a doomy painting.
In the next 25 years, the foundations of the British Empire would be laid as Britain outstripped France in the race to become global superpower. Worsley charts the process beautifully, taking in the Jacobite Rebellion, the Scottish enlightenment and the ugly truth in the engine room of empire: slavery.
Lucy Worsley investigates how George II's family fought the French, the Jacobites and one another at the same time. She examines his troubles with his son Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the way he led from the front on the battlefield, becoming the last British monarch to do so, and helped turn the country into a global superpower. Last in the series.
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