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Regency Underworld (Sutton History Classics) Paperback – 21 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (21 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750940476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750940474
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 942,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald Low is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Stirling.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on 4 Nov. 2009
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During each historical/social era (Renaissance,Regency,etc..)we admire the individuals, the art and architecture,literature ,lifestyle, building a romantic image of days gone by and wish we could somehow experience that beauty ,extravagance,knowledge etc..Yet we forget the reality of each era,the ugliness,hardship,murderous sacrifices,stench and the suffering which the majority of the population experienced and endured.
The regency underworld by Donald Low was a fascinating insight into the social reality of Regency England.It focuses on crime and the underworld ,covering topics such as Rookeries,thief takers,the nurseries of crime,the medical underworld, regency rogues and characters.
Written in an easy readable style I found it absorbing and enlightening, a real eye-opener to an era which is distinguished with cultural achievments..In particular, the chapter on the Medical underworld was an eye-opener,detailing horrific practices which as a result assisted in the progress of medicine and which we take for granted today.
Well written and well paced ,keeps the reader enthrawlled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie Church on 3 Mar. 2013
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I specialise in the Regency and wanted some specific information about an under-researched but major aspect of that world. The book contained some very useful and properly referenced information, including some from primary sources, which was exactly what I wanted. However, it is quite brief (187 pages) and selective, and left me with as many questions as answers. So - good as far as it went but I was left wanting more. A much more thorough (and eminently readable) treatment is provided in '1700: Scenes from London Life' by Maureen Waller, (Hodder & Stoughton 2000) but, of course, this deals with an earlier period and quite a bit had changed in the course of the ensuing 100 years.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Dec. 2000
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This is a great book giving you an insight into the darker side of Georgian life. A captivating read and a most enlightening book. A must for anyone trying to understand England in the 1800's.
This book will open your eyes to what lay behind the pomp and splendor of the times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 April 2015
Format: Hardcover
A well researched book on this fascinating period.

A little dry for my liking (considering the subject matter) but does provide some real insight into the Regency world of crime.

Quite a short book.
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By Pippa on 4 Mar. 2015
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A excellent book full of fascinating information. Maybe not as dark as I expected it to be considering the cover. However, it is very well written and extremely easy to read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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