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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Elegant and Highly Entertaining, 10 Mar 2000
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This review is from: High Society in the Regency Period: 1788-1830 (Paperback)
I found this book a light and delicious souffle. Academic history it is not: but a great read for the general public who are interested in daily life, love, money - and all the things we all care about as much now as we did two hundred years ago - Yes, and Yes again. Full of amusing stories,witty, very well-researched and exactly what the author claims in her Preface. She writes "'High Society in the Regency Period' was never intended to be taken as a sociological survey: the aim of this book was to convey the mood of the Regency, to entertain my readers, and, perhaps, to enlighten a few." I am not at all surprised the hardback edition received so many flattering reviews from such authorities as Christopher Hibbert and Philip Zeigler. I quite agree with them!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Portrait of a Glittering, Self-Confident Age, 18 Jan 2010
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Clifford (Weymouth, Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is an amusing and informative book, providing a well-rounded view of the delights and excesses of the Regency period, which marked such a major transformation of society in England and set the scene for the sustained stability of the Victorian era. The self-confidence, indeed arrogance, of the era comes over strongly, as does the humour with which we may view it from 200 years later. The book is made possible by the enthusiasm with which its upper-class participants felt the need to write letters and diaries, and in consequence the relationships between High Society and the hard and poorly rewarded efforts of the working classes are only present by inference, but Murray provides much material which allow the reader to drawn such conclusions. As one whose education has been light in the area of history, I found this book very enlightening, and a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Really enjoyed reading this again. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Society in the Regency period, 14 July 2014
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V. Johnstone "Reindeer" (Belgium) - See all my reviews
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A lovely book, with lots of information and humorously written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a Fascinating & Extravagant Period of our History, 14 May 2014
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I live reasonably close to the likes of both Bath & Cheltenham and therefor the fringes of regency history, it was close enough at hand for me to want to know more about the overall history of this wonderfully excessive period?
The Regency Period sits at the very end of the Georgian Era and before the Victorian Era commenced.
This is positively one of the best history books that I have read. It's full of detail in every aspect of the period and all of its main players. It's brilliantly researched and extremely well written and set out. I know some find history rather boring but I'm convinced that most people would find this a first class read and full of interest.
What A contradiction the Regency Period was? It provided all sorts of pleasures on the eye, like their dress sense & fashions, their architecture of course (Brighton Pavilion) and their love of excess, extravagance and the high life within high society itself. And yet, for all the obvious wealth of the gentry, the poor were very poor. It was an age of excess, waste and awful moral values - especially for some of the gentry!
The rich had mistresses and affairs were common place, all drank far too much(think gin lane), gambling was rife, as was debt, however, providing you dressed to impress and were invited to the best functions and clubs then that's all that really mattered - at least for now!
It was the age of the Dandy (Beau Brummell), the Duke of Wellington, the Grand Old Duke of York, and the Prince Regent (George 1V), plus numerous other wonderful characters. It was the time of Nelson & Napoleon, Austin, and Keats & Wordsworth.
This is an excellent book that tells you about all of this and much, much more - very highly recommended. I just loved King George 1V and his contemporaries - what a lifestyle and attitude towards money - especially if it's not you who has to pay?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Regency Brilliance!, 13 Jun 2013
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The book came well packaged and on time.
For a second hand book, it was in pristine condition, and made for a good read!
Highly recommended!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and very funny, 13 Jan 2005
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Lynne Robson "Lynne" (Dronfield, Derbyshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This book is a re-issue under a differnet name of Ms Murray's An Elegant Madness. I was disappointed to find that it was the exact copy of her other noval Elegant Madness but enjoyed it just as much. Ms Murray as a very funny way of explaining things and had me laughing all the way through this book. It is a wonderful insight into the workings of the Regency Society. I loved the pictures that are shown in this book as well. I was surprised to find that a Mistress had a better time than a wife and was cared for more.
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