George III, Lord North and the defeat of ‘faction’ (1770)

Peter D. G. Thomas

in George III

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719064289
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700310 | DOI:
George III, Lord North and the defeat of ‘faction’ (1770)

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This chapter discusses political events in Great Britain during the final year of the first decade of George III's regime. In 1970, the King's opponents pitted the power of the House of Commons against that of the Crown, but circumstances tipped the balance in favour of the monarchy. The chapter suggests that the success of Prime Minister Lord North enabled George III to defy ‘faction’ and make good his royal claim to have a prime minister of his own choice.

Keywords: Great Britain; George III; House of Commons; monarchy; Lord North; prime minister

Chapter.  7731 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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