Books interview with Janice Hadlow: The private lives of George III and his family
Janice Hadlow talks to Matt Elton about her book on the private life of George III and his family, which traces the legacy of their predecessors, and their hopes, fears and ambitions
How did George’s predecessors inform his outlook on life?
I started by thinking I could write just about George III and his direct family, but I soon realised that I had to say something about George’s predecessors in order to understand how he defined himself. He thought that he could make a clean break from his own family’s history, and had a very conscious sense that he wanted to live differently.