"And so die all rebels against King George! "

The footnote in this edition of the novel suggests that this comment refers to George III (1738-1820), who was on the English throne during the American War of Independence (1775-1783).


However, the footnote makes its assertion on the basis that Edward VII (1841-1910), rather than a George, was reigning at the time of the publication of Zulieka Dobson. In fact, the novel was published in 1911; Edward VII had died in the first days of May 1910.


Beerbohm may have written the book prior to Edward VII’s death, but it seems likely that the editorial process would have taken the succession into consideration. The monarch in 1911 was another King George: George V (1865-1936).