Publication Date: 12/11/2020 ISBN: 9781847924568 Category:

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain

Ian Mortimer

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication Date: 12/11/2020 ISBN: 9781847924568 Category:
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‘Ian Mortimer’s Time Traveller’s Guide to Regency Britain tells you all you need to know about criminals, disease, beggars and other late Georgian delights if you ever find yourself visiting the 1790s.’ Daily Telegraph, History Books of the Year

This is the age of Jane Austen and the Romantic poets; the paintings of John Constable and the gardens of Humphry Repton; the sartorial elegance of Beau Brummell and the poetic licence of Lord Byron; Britain’s military triumphs at Trafalgar and Waterloo; the threat of revolution and the Peterloo massacre. In the latest volume of his celebrated series of Time Traveller’s Guides, Ian Mortimer turns to what is arguably the most-loved period in British history – the Regency, or Georgian England.

A time of exuberance, thrills, frills and unchecked bad behaviour, it was perhaps the last age of true freedom before the arrival of the stifling world of Victorian morality. At the same time, it was a period of transition that reflected unprecedented social, economic and political change. And like all periods in history, it was an age of many contradictions – where Beethoven’s thundering Fifth Symphony could premier in the same year that saw Jane Austen craft the delicate sensitivities of Persuasion.

Once more, Ian Mortimer takes us on a thrilling journey to the past, revealing what people ate, drank and wore; where they shopped and how they amused themselves; what they believed in and what they were afraid of. Conveying the sights, sounds and smells of the Regency period, this is history at its most exciting, physical, visceral – the past not as something to be studied but as lived experience.

Publisher Review

Excellent ... Mortimer's erudition is formidable, and he rarely writes a dull sentence ... Georgette Heyer's research for her novels would have been so much easier with this book on her shelf. As for Jane Austen, she would have found in its pages not only her own world, but other Regency worlds she probably never knew existed. And now, two hundred years later, so can we * The Times * Thrilling...when you read it, you imagine yourself among your ancestors, and they are as awful and ingenious as we are -- Tanya Gold * Daily Telegraph * [An] excellent book... Mortimer's erudition is formidable, and he rarely writes a dull sentence -- Andrew Taylor * The Times, *Book of the Week* *

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