A meditation on power, and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III (now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder). As he loses his senses, he becomes both more alive, and more politically marginalized, neither effect desirable to his Lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge. Written by
Dan Hartung <firstname.lastname@example.org>
His Majesty was all powerful and all knowing. But he wasn't quite all there.
Did You Know?
When Willis (Sir Ian Holm) first restrains George III in the strapped chair, the music that plays is George Frideric Handel
's "Zadok The Priest", commissioned for George II's coronation, and performed during every subsequent coronation. As the music reaches its climax, the King is fully restrained in the "throne" with a leather strap around his forehead resembling a crown. The music establishes the restraint scene, as a mock coronation. See more
The King refers to a piglet as a "Tamworth", a breed name not used until around 1810. See more
To be kind does not commend you to kings. They see it, as they see any flow of feeling, as a liberty. A blind eye will serve you better.
Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond
Played by the bell-ringers See more