George I, King of England
|born on||28 May 1660 Jul.Cal. (7 June 1660 greg.)|
|Place||Hanover, Germany, 52n24, 9e44|
|Timezone||LMT m9e44 (is local mean time)|
British royalty, the great grandson of James I; came to the throne when second cousin Queen Anne of Great Britain died in 1714. Born and raised in Germany, he spoke no English and had little interest in English affairs, relying on his ministers. Sly, lazy and obstinate, he had a great financial scandal in 1720. George I imprisoned his wife for her lifetime of suspected infidelity.
During George's reign, the powers of the monarchy diminished and Britain began a transition to the modern system of cabinet government led by a prime minister. Towards the end of his reign, actual political power was held by Robert Walpole, now recognised as Britain's first de facto prime minister.
In 1682, George married his first cousin, Sophia Dorothea of Celle. In 1683, Sophia Dorothea bore George a son, George Augustus (later George II). Sophia Dorothea had a second child, a daughter named after her, in 1687, but there were no other pregnancies.
George's marriage to Sophia Dorothea was dissolved, not on the grounds that either of them had committed adultery, but on the grounds that Sophia Dorothea had abandoned her husband. With the agreement of her father, George had Sophia Dorothea imprisoned in Ahlden House in her native Celle, where she stayed until she died more than thirty years later. She was denied access to her children and father, forbidden to remarry and only allowed to walk unaccompanied within the mansion courtyard. She was, however, endowed with an income, establishment, and servants, and was allowed to ride in a carriage outside her castle, albeit under supervision. Melusine von der Schulenburg acted as George's hostess openly from 1698 until his death, and they had three daughters together, born in 1692, 1693 and 1701, respectively.
George died during his sixth trip to his native Hanover since his accession as king. He suffered a stroke on the road between Delden and Nordhorn on 9 June 1727, and was taken by carriage to the Prince-Bishop's palace at Osnabrück where he died at about 1 AM on 11 June 1727 [OS].
- parent->child relationship with George II, King of England (born 30 October 1683 Jul.Cal. (9 Nov 1683 greg.))
- spouse relationship with Sophia Dorothea of Celle (born 20 September 1666 (greg.))
- Relationship : Marriage 1682 (Sophia Dorothea of Celle)
- Death by Disease 12 June 1727 Jul.Cal. (23 June 1727 greg.) at 01:00 AM in Osnabrück (Apoplexy, age 67)
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LMR quotes Eric R. Delderfield, "Kings and Queen of England," Weathervane Books, New York 1978, date on p.104, not time.
(Penfield Collection gave Osnabruch, speculated 7:00 AM) (Not in Nativitas)
- Traits : Personality : Incompetent (Lazy and obstinate)
- Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Apoplexy, terminal)
- Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs
- Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
- Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Hanover, England)