on 20 August 2010
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.
on 26 February 2012
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.