A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by
Dan Hartung <email@example.com>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
It is now generally believed that George III's mental state was caused by porphyria, a metabolic imbalance. His blue urine is a key clue. However, recent research into his written correspondence suggesting bouts of mania, and a theory that his blue urine was caused by a type of medicine commonly in use at the time, has challenged that view and asserts that he did indeed suffer from psychiatric illness. See more
Pitt and Thurlow go to visit the King at Kew during the winter - but the leafy green trees outside clearly indicate that the scene was filmed in summer (shooting took place from July to early September). See more
[after his recovery, on seeing his medical bill
Is it any wonder a man goes mad?
Referenced in Borderlands
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G H Handel) See more