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George III of the United Kingdom

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George III (detail), 1761-–1762

George III (1738–1820) was king of the United Kingdom from 1760 until his death in 1820. He was given the nickname "Farmer George" because he was interested in farming. In 1811, he was thought to have gone mad, so power was given to his eldest son George, Prince Regent (later George IV). Medical experts now believe that he suffered from porphyria, and was not actually mad. He never got better, and died in 1820.

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  • "Born and educated in this country, I glory in the name of Briton."[1]
Simple: As I was born and taught in this country, I am proud of the name Briton.
About the quote: Speech to the opening of his first Parliament in the House of Lords: November 18, 1760.
  • "Was there ever such stuff as great part of Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what think you?—what?—Is there not sad stuff? what?—what?"[1]
Simple: Was there anything better than Shakespeare? Only one must not say so! But what do you think?—what?—Is there not sad stuff? what?—what?
About the quote: To his wife's lady-in-waiting, Fanny Burney.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "George III" The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Ed. Elizabeth Knowles. Oxford University Press, 2004. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed on 18 November 2008

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