Stamp collector. Bird shooter. Dull.

Even King George V admitted that he might be uninspiring, but he led the United Kingdom through a world war and made several groundbreaking changes during his 26-year reign.

MPL librarian and our in-house royalty expert Traci Hoffman explores the impact of this “dull” second-born son and unexpected monarch. She also examines some of the rumors surrounding this generation of the royal family. Was Albert, the king’s older brother, Jack the Ripper? (No.) Did George V die under somewhat suspicious circumstances? (Yes, if you believe his personal physician.) This talk is the first in Traci’s House of Windsor series.

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