The delightfully dysfunctional Georgians

The Tudors might steal the limelight, but the reigns of Georges I and II were just as scandalous – and key to Britain's emergence as a global power – according to Lucy Worsley

A caricature of George I

This article was first published in the May 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Sometimes it’s a depressing business being a historian of the 18th century. It seems that the Tudors, the Victorians and the Nazis get all the glory, with their beheadings, bicycles and frequent appearances in the National Curriculum. It’s time for Georgian monarchs to fight back.

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