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Video: Royal Religion – George III and the American Revolution

Etching of George III as king with crown hovering above his head and emitting rays of light

Professor Carté discusses the American war from the perspective of George III’s protestant empire.  George III’s position as a Protestant king shaped the ecclesiastical policy of the empire, and also set the stage for the violent anti-Catholic riots that rocked Edinburgh and London during the war.  Using sources from the Georgian Papers as well as other manuscript sources on both sides of the Atlantic, Carté traces the strengths and weaknesses of Britain’s pro-protestant politics in the Age of Revolution, and its consequences for the development of American religious freedom.

Video: The Georgian Papers Programme and Digital Humanities

The GPP project team explores new ways of working and collaboration between archivists, academics in various humanities disciplines and digital humanists in order to maximise opportunities. In this talk, a historian, an archivist and a digital humanist from the project will jointly explore the challenges and opportunities the project presents.

Video: An Audience with the London Hamilton’s George III, Michael Jibson

Actor Michael Jibson viewing Georgian Papers materials with partners from the GPP

On 25 September 2018 Michael Jibson, the award-winning actor who portrays King George III in the London production of Hamilton, was invited to visit the Royal Library at Windsor Castle to see a selection of the remarkable collection of documents held by the Royal Archives that relate to King George III.

Audio: Spain and the American Revolution

Garrison of Gibraltar by John Trumbell

Professor Paquette lectures on Spain’s role in the American Revolution. He is especially interested in the Anglo-Spanish relationship, and the outbreak of war between these two countries in 1779. George III strenuously sought to prevent long-standing rivalry with Spain from leading to war and he sought in vain to end hostilities at various points. Using the Georgian Papers and other manuscript sources, Paquette traced the evolution of Spain’s relations with Britain during the American Revolution,

Video: Georgian Papers Programme Symposium, 2017

Talks by Arthur Burns and Karin Wulf, programme directors, and Jim Ambuske (OI GPP fellow) and Andrew O’Shaughnessy (SAR Visiting Professor) on their research in the archives, and an introduction to the role of the Library of Congress in the project.

Video: Global Power and Maps in the Reign of George III

This panel brought together Peter Barber, the leading authority on George III’s map collection and former head of the Map Collection at the British Library, and Dr Max Edelson, a leading authority on the mapping of colonial America and a pioneer of its digital interpretation, to discuss the place of maps in the exercise of rule and authority in the eighteenth century.

Video: ‘Just write it, I’ll make it work’ – King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett & Nicholas Hytner

The opening event of 2016’s Arts & Humanities Festival, “Play”, explored King George III through the eyes of Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner, in a talk chaired by Professor Alan Read. They discuss researching archives to write The Madness of King George, the challenges of translating an acclaimed stage show to a multi-award winning film, and how they see George III.