The Hanoverian dynasty was by no means universally popular in Britain, and one of the queen's aims was to demonstrate her Anglophilia and the close connections between the royal family and the country that they had come to rule.
Walpole emerges from these pages as an unscrupulous but brilliant statesman, determined to secure the Hanoverian dynasty against its opponents, whatever the consequences for the constitution and liberties of the country.
After a valuable introduction by the editor the contributors look at the libraries of ancient Mesopotamia, Aristotle's own 'library', the fifteenth century astronomer, Regiomontanus' library, the Corvina and Royal Hungarian Archives, Duke Humfrey's Library (although this is really concerned with the origins of the library, not its dissolution), England's and Austria's monastic collections destroyed by 'reforming' sovereigns, various libraries of members of the Hanoverian dynasty (excluding George III), French libraries destroyed by the Revolution, diocesan libraries in the Irish Church, Jewish libraries in Vilna and Frankfurt, China's Roosevelt Library, libraries in Tibet and book burning in films.
In 1814, John Nash designed a Temple of Concord in London's Green Park, and a Chinese pagoda on a bridge in nearby St James's Park, for a 'display of joy' to celebrate both the defeat of Napoleon and the Hanoverian dynasty.
There is certainly room for a reassessment of the character and impact of the Hanoverian dynasty as a whole, bringing together themes such as the growth of political stability, the decline of personal monarchy, the establishment of a Protestant state, the growth of British identity, the politics of the Princes of Wales and the significance of the Hanoverian connection.