This volume spans the period from the death of Queen Anne in 1714 to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. Beginning with George I, the book provides 190 concise biographical essays on eminent personalities – royalty, politicians, churchmen, military leaders, men of letters, artists and scientists – arranged in roughly chronological order and forming a composite portrait of the age.



Geoffrey Treasure, general editor of the Who’s Who in British History series was Senior Master at Harrow School. Besides his two volumes for this series, he has written about French and European history, notably Mazarin (Routledge, 1955) and Louis XIV (Longmans, 2001). He has contributed articles to the Encyclopaedia Britannica on Europe and the Enlightenment and to the New Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, 2004).