George is sometimes too opportunistic for his own good—he helps his brother win the throne through battle, and then dispatches the former King Henry at his side by smothering him to death, but he also makes several ill-advised plays for the throne. He marshals an army and when that fails, flees to France to forge new alliances, taking his wife and unborn child on a risky voyage at the encouragement of his father-in-law, which results in Isabel losing their child. Later, he leaps on the chance to reunite with Edward and make all things right, urges him to invade France, then turns on him in an attempt to create a French alliance that would restore him to the throne. After his wife’s death, he pursues an equally reckless but opportunistic marriage to a Burgundy princess, which would gain him control over Flanders. Eventually, his paranoid desire to protect his wife and their second unborn son from the potential black magic of the queen drives him to hire a sorcerer to work against his brother and his wife, leading to his downfall and death. He makes decisions with his heart and emotions rather than his head, but most of them follow solid reasoning—George knows that he can gain control over Anne’s fortune if he retains control over her person, so he becomes her ‘guardian’ intending to sink his fingers into her mother’s money. He makes a political marriage to Isabel to further his own agenda with her father, knowing Warwick will put him on the throne. He wants power and becomes increasingly more reckless in his desire to get it, thinking often of no one but himself and endangering his wife and child in the process. George sees no reason to curb himself in expressing his feelings, calling out his brother for his “whoring” in public, making accusations against the queen in front of the court, refusing to drink in her honor at a banquet, and finally demanding the manner of his death be in a barrel of her favorite wine. George is not above saying cruel things to people, such as informing Elizabeth “if you are looking for your husband, he is with Jane Shore [his mistress] tonight.” But he is not often rational in his decisions, since many of his choices backfire on him and cause him great personal losses.

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Of his brother, Richard says that George is “easily flattered.” It’s true, his ego, his desire for power, and his wish to take the throne drive every decision he makes. George is so demanding of authority, resentful of his brothers’ mistreatment of him, and determined to have “what I am owed,” he sometimes complains about Edward and Richard having more property than him. He makes a half dozen ambitious power grabs. George puts aside his feelings in his marriage, and fails to realize until Isabel’s death how much she mattered to him, and how “I fell in love with her after all.” Richard distrusts his ambition, and never forgives him his betrayals, although George readily enough ‘adapts’ to most situations he finds himself in, until his eventual resentment forbids any more submission to ‘the tyrant’ his brother and ‘his witch.’ His 2 wing feels ‘owed’ for the service he has rendered the family, and can be emotionally expressive and sometimes manipulative.