George V

George V (king of Great Britain and Ireland)

George V (George Frederick Ernest Albert), 1865–1936, king of Great Britain and Ireland (1910–36), second son and successor of Edward VII. At the age of 12 he commenced a naval career, but this ended with the death (1892) of his elder brother, the duke of Clarence, which made him the eventual heir to the throne. In 1893 he married Victoria Mary, daughter of the duke of Teck. While his father was king (1901–10), George visited many parts of the British empire, developing an interest in imperial affairs that he maintained throughout his own reign. After his coronation (1911) he went to India for a coronation durbar in Delhi. Within the limitations of his constitutional position, he occasionally played a decisive personal part in political controversies, acting as moderator in the debates over the Parliament Act of 1911 (see Parliament) and the Irish Home Rule Bill of 1914 and later helping in the formation of the national government of 1931. In 1917, during World War I, he abandoned his German titles and changed the name of the royal house from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor. The celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of his accession (May 6, 1935) showed the affection in which he was held by the British people. On his death (Jan. 20, 1936) George was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII. His second son, on the abdication of Edward, took the throne as George VI.

See biographies by H. Nicolson (1952) and K. Rose (1983); M. Carter, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm (2010).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

George V: Selected full-text books and articles

Recollections of Three Reigns By Frederick Ponsonby; Colin Welch Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Includes information on the reign of George V
The Monarchy and the Constitution By Vernon Bogdanor Clarendon Press, 1997
The Crown and the Establishment By Kingsley Martin Hutchinson, 1962
The Constitution of England from Queen Victoria to George VI By Arthur Berriedale Keith Macmillan and Company, Ltd., vol.2, 1940
Modern Britain, 1885-1955 By Henry Pelling T. Nelson, 1960
Post-Victorian Britain 1902-1951 By L. C. B. Seaman Routledge, 1991
Britain's Locust Years: 1918-1940 By William McElwee Faber and Faber, 1962
The Oxford Companion to British History By John Cannon Oxford University Press, 1997
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