The predessecor of the Stuart period, the Georgian era began in 1714, when the first Hanoverian King George took to the throne. If you have seen the Oscar winning 2018 film The Favourite, you may be acquainted with Queen Anne. After her death in 1714, and with no children, the entire country was thrown into crisis - who should take over the coveted throne as King of England?
Luckily, Queen Anne's court had prepared for this with the 1701 Act of Settlement. This meant that the crown should fall on the closest protestant blood relative, and so, the Georgian era began with King George I, Queen's Anne's protestant second cousin from the House of Hanover. He would be succeeded by three more Kings, all named George, before the reign of George IV ended in 1830. Spanning for over a century, the Georgian period was one of much turbulence and change, bearing witness to the industrial revolution, increased population size and rapidly growing social divisions.