George I: The Lucky King (Penguin Monarchs)
Tim Blanning's incisive short biography examines George's life and career as a German prince, and as King. Fifty-four years old when he arrived in London in 1714, he was a battle-hardened veteran who put his long experience and deep knowledge of international affairs to good use in promoting the interests of both Hanover and Great Britain. When he died, his legacy was order and prosperity at home and power and prestige abroad. Disagreeable he may have been to many, but he was also tough, determined, and effective, at a time when other European thrones had started to crumble.
Tim Blanning is the author of a number of major works on 18th-century Europe, including The Pursuit of Glory : Europe 1648-1815, The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture, and Joseph II. He is Emeritus Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His latest book, Frederick the Great, won the British Academy Medal 2016.