The canny politi­cian

BBC History Magazine - - Caro -

Robert Walpole was the lead­ing politi­cian of early Geor­gian Eng­land, a mod­er­ate Whig who served both Ge­orge I and II, in­clud­ing 21 years as the coun­try’s premier min­is­ter. Coarse-tongued, heavy- girthed and cyn­i­cal in his as­tute­ness, he cul­ti­vated Caro­line’s friend­ship for his own ends. In 1720, he bro­kered a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­tween Ge­orge I and Ge­orge Au­gus­tus and Caro­line. Later he en­cour­aged Caro­line to con­sider him her means of ex­ert­ing po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence: “Madam, I can do noth­ing without you.”

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