George II, King of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, came to Britain for the first time when he was 31. He had a terrible relationship with his father George I, which was later paralleled by his relationship to his own son. He was short-tempered and uncultivated, but in his twenty-three-year reign he presided over a great flourishing in his adoptive country - economic, military and cultural - all described with characteristic wit and elegance by Norman Davies. (George II so admired the Hallelujah chorus in Handel's Messiah that he stood while it was being performed - as modern audiences still do.) Much of his attention remained in Hanover and on continental politics, as a result of which he was the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle at Dettingen in 1744.
Norman Davies, geb. 1939 in Bolton, Lancashire, ist Professor em. der Universität London, seit 1974 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, seit 1996 Supernumery Fellow am Wolfson College, Oxford und Mitglied der Fakultät für Moderne Geschichte, Oxford University. Er hat zahlreiche Werke zur Geschichte Polens und Europas veröffentlicht.