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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb account of a colourful period in English history, 2 Feb. 2002
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This is the first of three 'period' social histories by J B Priestley, the others being Victoria's Heyday and The Edwardians. Fine though those are, this surpasses them : it is a truly superb, as well as a vastly entertaining, work, well ilustrated, and as a 'popular' history intended for general, not academic, reading is in the highest class. Priestley is clearly fascinated by the Regency period and confesses to having hoped, at one time, to write a long novel with a Regency background. It is no surprise that it never materialised for Priestley was, by his own admission, too restless a writer (and man of too many parts) to fulfil all his literary ambitions. Yet what we have here is a story as rich and compelling as Thackeray himself might have written. The Regent himself, George, Prince of Wales, afterwards George IV, became the country's de facto ruler because of the madness which overtook his father, George III. The Prince, a human being of many weaknesses and bad habits yet not wholly contemptible, is the central character in a vast parade of people and events, by turns splendid, absurd and tragic : Byron and Waterloo, Wellington and Peterloo, Jane Austen and the building of Brighton Pavilion, Shelley and the Luddite riots, Faraday and Gothic fiction, Turner and the Great Frost, the first locomotives and the first waltzes. All this is enacted against a background of sometimes almost obscene extravagances by the Court and the aristocracy compared to the grinding poverty and exploitation of the working classes, not to mention 'half-naked children sweeping chimneys'. Priestley surveys and presents this huge scene with a mastery that is not merely expert reportage but contains much of his sharply critical and observant self : how his radical outlook empathises, for example, with the victims of that dreadful day, 16 August 1819, when the massacre at St Peter's Fields in Manchester could have sparked off a bloody revolution. Altogether this is history brought to as vivid a life as only a great all-round man of letters could accomplish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Read of the Regency Period, 10 Nov. 2014
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Firstly, this book was written by J B Priestley, a prolific writer of novels, a dramatist – ‘An inspector Calls,’ and historical works such as this. He passed away in 1984.
This book is the second book that I have read on the ‘Regency’ period, which is such a fascinating period for all sorts of reasons with many outlandish characters and behaviours.
It was too a period of great culture with the likes of Austin, Shelly, Byron, Yeats, Constable, Turner and Wordsworth to mention but a few.
Many things were invented during this era and came into being – steam trains, cotton mills (Arkwright), mining, gas lightning, again to mention but a few.
The times saw beautiful, if ‘over the top’ décor and architecture - Brighton Pavilion, though it is hard to believe that people were still hung and then beheaded in public! It was a time when the rich stayed rich and the poor get poorer and poorer and their little boys were sold or kidnapped and then thrust up chimneys!
This book is very well researched with limitless details of major players and events. I found ‘Peterloo’ particularly interesting and informative.
The book deals with the ‘extravagant’ reign of George 1V (The Prince Regent) but encompasses so much more of the period, events and players. The pictures and plates are first class. I found it an excellent and thoroughly satisfying read, not to mention quite humorous in places.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, 21 Jan. 2015
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