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Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England [Paperback]

Carolly Erickson
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Jun 1987
A history of England from 1810 to 1820, known as the Regency period. While his father declined into apparent madness at Windsor, George, Prince of Wales, served as Regent. This was the age of opulence at Carlton House and Brighton Pavilion, yet it was also a time of ferment and radicalism.
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688072925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688072926
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,932,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a remarkable and somewhat overlooked book. Not a potboiler popularist book on the entire Regency period but a serious but very easily read book on the period 1810 to 1820 . As the author's introduction makes clear, it is a series of well linked chronological chapters, almost cameos, on most aspects of the period, historic, biographic and social. It's mainly taken from the lives or writings of contemporary people, some well know, some undeservedly less so. And the whole, for once, is much more than the sum of the parts
Its great strength is that it gives so many insights without attempting to judge them. There is much good background information but the author sagely avoids much interpetation. She also skilfully avoids much of the politics of the period, which frankly tend to be incomprehensible to modern minds.

I thought I would glean a few unknown facts from this book after a struggle through a somewhat boring tome.
No - I much enjoyed my read and came away with a far better overall view of the period - including its many contradictions so eloquently portrayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Entertaining 30 Dec 2013
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History certainly isn't boring when the spirit of an Age is brought to life this way - the personalities, the "madness" of King George III, Wellington's victory, Byron and the Dandies - this was certainly a Golden Age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent reading 15 Oct 2013
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reads like a friendly novel but packed with interesting information-a great combination. read from start to finish without stopping once
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2.0 out of 5 stars Our tempestuous day 26 Feb 2012
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Easy enough to read. Quite interesting, if you're interested in all about the royal family of the time, and the upper and aristocratic classes.
Not very much about the majority of the population, which would have balanced the book a little more.

I see this author tends to write about royals, so I should have known.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The characters come alive in this wonderfully written book. 8 Aug 1999
By History_of_Art_Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Tempestuous indeed! I could not put this book down. This is a very readable historical narrative set in England during the Regency Period from 1810 to 1820. Erickson paints a very vivid picture of the chaotic times in which George IV ruled as Regent while his father King George III declined into madness at Windsor, alongside the already troublesome war with Napoleon, social unrest, and economic uncertainty.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book by Ms. Erickson 28 Jun 2006
By Ronald Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't qualify as any part of an expert historian, but I do read a bit of it. I have read other of Erickson's side by side (as it were) with other authors works covering the same era. Erickson, as best as I can tell, is solid.

That said, her prose, while more than adequate, is not as riveting as Doris Kearns Goodwin; hardly a huge complaint.

This book was, for me, fascinating. First, all the nonsense about George III that I was taught in grade school was set straight. Americans are fed as much propaganda as the Soviets ever were. (That comment is not based on this book alone; just bolstered by it.)Second, I had a good bit of the politics filled in which made a bit more sense of my college 18th Century Literature class from ever so many years ago. Finally, the author takes us into the ninteenth century including a good bit of background on Lord Byron. Erickson leads us through the swing from what might be called libertine-ism into the religious mania that resulted in the Victorian (double) standards of behavior.

Very good stuff.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable history read! 11 Nov 2009
By Rosemary King - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed reading this book about Regency England. It gave a good account of the reign of George IV, but read like novel!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 18 May 2004
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This is as well researched as can be and as well written as non-fiction must be. Some things are not a hundred percent accurate but rather minor. If you are interested in the period this is a must.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-done 5 May 2014
By Linda D. Parr - Published on Amazon.com
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Rich in historical detail. Good writing and enlightening. If you want to know more about this fascinating period in history, y, this is worthwhile. The classications were some what confusing and duplicative. Wonderful companion to Georgette Heyer.
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