The Hanoverian succession of 1714 brought about a 123-year union between Britain and the German electorate of Hanover, ushering in a distinct new period in British history. Under the four Georges and William IV Britain became arguably the most powerful nation in the world with a growing colonial Empire, a muscular economy and an effervescent artistic, social and scientific culture. And yet history has not tended to be kind to the Hanoverians, frequently portraying them as petty-minded and boring monarchs presiding over a dull and inconsequential court, merely the puppets of parliament and powerful ministers. In order both to explain and to challenge such a paradox, this collection looks afresh at the Georgian monarchs and their role, influence and legacy within Britain, Hanover and beyond. Concentrating on the self-representation and the perception of the Hanoverians in their various dominions, each chapter shines new light on important topics: from rivalling concepts of monarchical legitimacy and court culture during the eighteenth century to the multi-confessional set-up of the British composite monarchy and the role of social groups such as the military, the Anglican Church and the aristocracy in defining and challenging the political order. As a result, the volume uncovers a clearly defined new style of Hanoverian kingship, one that emphasized the Protestantism of the dynasty, laid great store by rational government in close collaboration with traditional political powers, embraced army and navy to an unheard of extent and projected this image to audiences on the British Isles, in the German territories and in the colonies alike. Three hundred years after the succession of the first Hanoverian king, an intriguing new perspective of a dynasty emerges, challenging long held assumptions and prejudices.

chapter 1|22 pages


ByMichael Schaich

part I|47 pages

Dynastic Legacies

chapter 2|18 pages

The Hanoverian Monarchy and the Legacy of Late Stuart Kingship

ByRonald G. Asch

chapter 3|28 pages

The House of Brunswick-Lüneburg and the Holy Roman Empire

The Making of a Patriotic Dynasty, 1648–1714?
ByMartin Wrede

part II|55 pages

Representing Protestantism

chapter 4|16 pages

George I, the Hanoverian Succession, and Religious Dissent

ByDavid Wykes

chapter 5|18 pages

Hanover-Britain and the Protestant Cause, 1714–1760

ByAndrew C. Thompson

chapter 6|20 pages

The Hanoverians and the Colonial Churches

ByJeremy Gregory

part III|77 pages

Image Policies

chapter 7|18 pages

The Hanoverian Monarchy and the Culture of Representation

ByTim Blanning

chapter 8|24 pages

‘Every Inch Not a King'

The Bodies of the (First Two) Hanoverians
ByRobert Bucholz

chapter 9|16 pages

Monarchy, Affection and Empire

The Hanoverian Dynasty in Eighteenth-Century America
ByBrendan McConville

chapter 10|18 pages

Visions of Kingship in Britain under George III and George IV

ByG.M. Ditchfield

part IV|73 pages

Contested Loyalties

chapter 12|24 pages

Jacobitism and the Hanoverian Monarchy

ByGabriel Glickman

chapter 13|10 pages

The Alternative to the House of Hanover

The Stuarts in Exile, 1714–1745
ByEdward Corp