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Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Moira Goff , John Goldfinch , Karen Limper-Herz , Helen Peden
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7 Nov 2013
For over a hundred years (1714 - 1830) a King George sat on the British throne. It was a time of transformation, as cities grew, industry thrived and trade expanded round the world. New prosperity was celebrated in great country houses and beautifully landscaped gardens, while taste and elegance drove social etiquette and fostered a new consumer boom. Travel became easier, from Grand Tours for the rich to journeys by stagecoach or private carriage for others, encouraging the spread of fashions and ideas. An explosion in print culture also brought new horizons, as an increasingly literate society devoured newspapers, satirical pamphlets, magazines and the newly emerging novel form. Yet what do we really know about the people of this Augustan age, whose beliefs and preoccupations have so influenced our own? Georgians Revealed explores the realities of their daily lives through a fascinating variety of objects, from playbills to porcelain, architects' plans to fashion plates. The compelling selection traces the Georgians' famous love of shopping and celebrity, gambling and domestic design, and navigates the rules that governed behaviour from ballrooms to the sporting world. It shows how a passion for entertainment created innovations such as the circus, pantomime and modern ballet, as well as the pleasure gardens and masquerades that brought the spice of intrigue and danger to their clientele. Spanning high culture and business, consumerism and crime, Georgians Revealed unravels the contradictions and concerns that link the Georgian era so closely to our own. Accompanies a major exhibition at the British Library, opening 8 November.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712357130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712357135
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 494,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Goodrich s excellent introductory essay... [is] a thorough introduction for anyone new to the period.... It is the book s inclusion of ephemera and infrequently encountered publications and artefacts that gives us something fresh and valuable. --Kate Retford, Burlington Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Moira Goff, John Goldfinch, Karen Limper-Herz, and Helen Peden are all curators at the British Library.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Georgians 25 Dec 2013
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A delightful dip into the world of the Georgians.
This book accompanies the British Library's exhibition about the lift and times of the Georgians. As such the book aims to provide a visual reference of some of the sumptuous books, pictures and paintings displayed -the text is there to annotate rather than provide an in depth explanation. As a history enthusiast I loved this book, it doesn't provide immense detail but it is highly engaging and a most for anyone interested in the 18th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition in the Anniversary Year 5 April 2014
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This fantastic exhibition at the British Library really brought the ideas behind the Georgian way of life vividly to the forefront. The accompanying book looked in-depth at the exhibition only had limited space to cover.

This is a fabulous addition to anyone's library if they are interested in the Georgian Period. Especially as the slant was more towards the early Georgian rather than, the more familiar, later Georgian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Best Thing to Seeing the Exhibit is Reading this Book! 14 Mar 2014
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The British Library's exhibit of life in Georgian England is splendid. This companion volume captures the images, art and artifacts blending them with well written chapters that give "life" to the important period. Georgian Period was from 1714 to 1837 and covered the reigns of the four Hanoverian Kings named George, and was a time of change and development.
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Book but price is very high for a paperback 7 Mar 2014
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Probably my fault--It is a small book and I should have reviewed the size
relative to the price--Rather Elementary--not a scholarly work
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