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Early Hanoverians

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In "Early Hanoverians" by Edward Ellis Morris, the author provides a comprehensive account of the Hanoverian monarchs who ruled England from 1714 to 1760. Morris delves into the political, social, and cultural landscape of the era, highlighting key events such as the Jacobite uprisings, the rise of the Whig party, and the impact of Enlightenment ideas.

One of the strengths of the book is Morris's attention to detail and thorough research. He paints a vivid picture of the Hanoverian court, bringing to life the personalities and conflicts of the period. Morris also does a good job of placing the Hanoverian monarchs within their historical context, showing how they navigated the challenges of ruling a foreign country.

However, some readers may find the book to be overly academic in its tone and approach. Morris delves into many minute details of court politics and legislation, which can be overwhelming for those without a strong background in British history. Additionally, the book's narrow focus on the Hanoverian monarchs may not appeal to readers looking for a broader account of the era.

Overall, "Early Hanoverians" is a valuable resource for those interested in delving into the intricacies of 18th-century British history. Morris's meticulous research and engaging writing style make this book a worthwhile read for history enthusiasts and scholars alike.

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In this short book Edward Ellis Morris writes a vivid account of the reigns of the first two Georges. Scarcely had the fifty-four-year-old king assumed the throne when James Stuart roused the Highlanders in the "Fifteen." Five years later the collapse of the South Sea Company convulsed Britain and her first prime minister, Robert Walpole, emerged to stabilize the country's finances. George II succeeded his father in 1727 and Morris writes that "the new King was in person short, and like many short men, proud and touchy." Fortunately, he was guided by the wise Queen Caroline. On the Continent, the Turks besieged Vienna, Britain got embroiled first in the War of Jenkins' Ear and then in the War of the Austrian Succession, while Bonnie Prince Charlie took advantage of these distractions to mount the nearly successful Jacobite invasion of the "Forty-five." Meanwhile, John Wesley's Methodism revived religious enthusiasm, Boswell immortalized Samuel Johnson and his friends, and Tom Jones embarked on an epic road trip in which Henry Fielding brought English society to life, warts and all. - Summary by Pamela Nagami, M.D.

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