Aging King George III of England is exhibiting signs of madness, a problem little understood in 1788. As the monarch alternates between bouts of confusion and near-violent outbursts of temper, his hapless doctors attempt the ineffectual cures of the day. Meanwhile, Queen Charlotte and Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger attempt to prevent the king's political enemies, led by the Prince of Wales, from usurping the throne.
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
Many historians believe that George III's mental state was caused by porphyria, a metabolic imbalance that can cause blue urine. However, recent research into his written correspondence suggests bouts of mania, and a common type of medicine at the time could have caused blue urine, leading some to conclude that he had a psychiatric illness. See more
A globe shows post-1846-but-before-1848 United States boundaries, including the Louisiana Purchase and Oregon Territory, but with California and Nevada (among other territories) still Mexican. See more
Prince of Wales
Do you like music, Warren?
If it's played, sir, I listen to it.
Zadok the Priest
Music by George Frideric Handel
(as G. F. Handel) See more