Plot[ edit ] The film depicts the ordeal of King George III whose bout of madness in touched off the Regency Crisis oftriggering a power struggle between factions of Parliament under the conservative William Pitt the Younger and the reform-minded Charles James Fox. The King is seen as being highly concerned with the wellbeing and productivity of England, and continually exhibits an encyclopedic knowledge of the families of even the most obscure royal appointments. In fact, the King is growing more unsettled, largely over the loss of America. Georgehis oldest son, aggravates the situation, knowing that he would be named regent in the event the King was found incapacitated.
Infamous for his part in the American Revolution as well as for fits of mental instability, his reign was a key moment in the British shift of power from the monarchy to an elected Parliament. Personal Life and Early Politics: He had fifteen children with his wife, Charlotte of Mechlenburg-Strelitz, making sure that his royal line would continue.
Yet all was not well with this large family, as the King disapproved of many of the royal marriages. This disapproval resulted in the Royal Marriages Act ofwhich decreed that any member of the royal family would need the Crown's approval to marry.
George III was not shy of trumpeting his own proposals, and his early years as king were marked by his close involvement with the British government.
Wishing to wield all of the political power he believed the constitution gave to him, for the first twenty years of his reign he worked on policies, reviewed others' bills, and appointed officials and ministers, building a power base for himself.
However, a good portion of Parliament grew tired and annoyed with this. Feeling that the Crown should interfere less with the political parties, the Whig Charles Fox became a leading figure calling for reform.
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This "reform" would in fact be accidentally introduced by the King himself, when his appointments of the powerful Lord North and later William Pitt the Younger shifted power from the monarch to the Prime Minister. George III's illness late in life cemented this transition into making the monarch the modern figurehead rather than the actual leader of the British government.
This trend continued after him, as the Kings and Queens came to represent rather than rule Britain. Political power is now firmly consolidated with Parliament and the Prime Minister, with minimum royal interference if any at all. Economic Difficulties and the American Revolution: From his succession inGeorge III found himself in the tense position of presiding over a state with an increasingly desperate need for funds.
The British Empire was a powerful force in the 18th century, leading the way in the Age of Empire. However, the continuous wars, the financial necessities of maintaining the biggest naval force in the world, and monetary support for the failing East India Company took their toll.
These issues were brought to the forefront with the costly French and Indian War. George III's own difficulties in keeping a hold on his power wavered with unpopular appointments of prime ministers, such as the Earl of Bute.
North's initial success was derailed by the American Revolution, beginning in While George III is commonly highlighted as the major British leader during the American Revolution, he actually had relatively little to do with the conflict.
The controversial taxes levied upon the colonies were done by the Parliament, and even though the King signed off on these and clearly opposed independence, his political influence on the conflict was tenuous. But that did not stop major forces in Parliament from challenging his leadership. This was all brought to a crisis when the British public began to take note of how much money was being spent on quelling this "minor" revolution.
Still, the war continued through partly because George III wanted to use America as an example against revolt in Britain's other colonies. However, when the war ended in a victory for the former colonies, the conflict instead became a rallying point for the King's opponents.
Lord North had to resign after losing a vote of no confidence in Parliament in He joined forces with his former political rival Charles Fox, of the Whig Party, in the following year. Still, this loss to the newly formed United States did not fatally hit the British monarchy.
One could even argue that it revitalized it. Indeed, with the American colonists revolting and with France on the brink of civil and class warfare, many Englishmen felt patriotic rather than despondent.
For though their country was in debt, their monarchy and the ancient traditions intertwined with it remained a vibrant institution and a rallying point.
The North-Fox Coalition was relatively short-lived, for continued dispute over the East India Company cued yet another shift in power within Parliament.
Though the King and Pitt worked well together for some issues, they stringently disagreed over giving Catholics civil rights, with Pitt in favor and George III against; Pitt resigned under pressure in End of His Life: Towards the end of his life, George III suffered from periods of mental illness.
Some have speculated that this was caused by a disease called porphyria. He became incapacitated from this several times, including a ten-year period from until his death in A waxwork head of Britain's King George III, cast from an original mould by Madame Tussauds, is prepared for display at Kew Palace in London in One off documentary The Genius Of The Mad King, airing on BBC Two on Monday 30 January , is a fascinating glimpse into the opening of Royal Family vaults after two centuries.
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The "madness" of George III has made him one of the best-known British monarchs but has also problematized his representation. The author briefly considers the significance of the essential absence of representations prior to the mid-twentieth century, before examining in detail compelling cinematic portrayals of the "Mad King" in Beau Brummell () and The Madness of King George ().