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Such a Fascinating & Extravagant Period of our History,
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This review is from: High Society in the Regency Period: 1788-1830 (Paperback)
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?