Mr. Willis, whose royal genealogies of the Habsburgs and Louis XIII of France are available from Clearfield Company, has here compiled an extensive genealogy of the descendants of King George I of Great Britain.
George I, who ascended the throne in August 1714, was the first of the Hanoverian monarchs of England. George’s claim to the British crown after the death of England’s Queen Anne was based on the terms of Britain’s Act of Settlement of 1701. His mother, the Electress Sophia of Hanover, was the granddaughter of James I, making George the next Protestant in line to the throne. Mr. Willis explains the royal history of the Hanoverian line in the front matter to the volume and also provides a select bibliography, a list of abbreviations, and a reader’s guide to the text itself. He then launches straight into a genealogy of the immediate family of George I, chronicling the births and marriages of his two children, the future George II and Princess Sophia Dorothea, and his grandchildren.
The bulk of the volume is arranged, chapter by chapter, according to the descendants of the following grandchildren who had significant issue: Frederick, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess of Orange; Mary, Landgravine of Hesse-Cassel; Louisa, Queen of Denmark; Charlotte, Duchess of Brunswick; Sophie, Margravine of Brandenburg-Schwedt; Ulrike, Queen of Sweden; and August, Prince of Prussia. The work concludes with an intriguing chapter establishing the connections of George’s descendants to other European royal families and another outlining the current line of succession to the British throne. In all, this densely packed work identifies approximately 5,000 royal and noble connections emanating from the first of the Hanoverians and impacting the future course of European royalty and politics. These connections are easily traced by means of the name index at the back.