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A Delightful Portrait of a Glittering, Self-Confident Age
on 18 January 2010
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.