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George III, Lord North and the defeat of ‘faction’ (1770)

This chapter discusses political events in Great Britain during the final year of the first decade of George III's regime. In 1970, the King's opponents pitted the power of the House of Commons against that of the Crown, but circumstances tipped the balance in favour of the monarchy. The chapter suggests that the success of Prime Minister Lord North enabled George III to defy ‘faction’ and make good his royal claim to have a prime minister of his own choice.

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George III

King and politicians 1760-1770


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