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on 22 June 2017
good book
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on 4 November 2009
During each historical/social era (Renaissance,Regency,etc..)we admire the individuals, the art and architecture,literature ,lifestyle, building a romantic image of days gone by and wish we could somehow experience that beauty ,extravagance,knowledge etc..Yet we forget the reality of each era,the ugliness,hardship,murderous sacrifices,stench and the suffering which the majority of the population experienced and endured.
The regency underworld by Donald Low was a fascinating insight into the social reality of Regency England.It focuses on crime and the underworld ,covering topics such as Rookeries,thief takers,the nurseries of crime,the medical underworld, regency rogues and characters.
Written in an easy readable style I found it absorbing and enlightening, a real eye-opener to an era which is distinguished with cultural achievments..In particular, the chapter on the Medical underworld was an eye-opener,detailing horrific practices which as a result assisted in the progress of medicine and which we take for granted today.
Well written and well paced ,keeps the reader enthrawlled.
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on 3 March 2013
I specialise in the Regency and wanted some specific information about an under-researched but major aspect of that world. The book contained some very useful and properly referenced information, including some from primary sources, which was exactly what I wanted. However, it is quite brief (187 pages) and selective, and left me with as many questions as answers. So - good as far as it went but I was left wanting more. A much more thorough (and eminently readable) treatment is provided in '1700: Scenes from London Life' by Maureen Waller, (Hodder & Stoughton 2000) but, of course, this deals with an earlier period and quite a bit had changed in the course of the ensuing 100 years.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 11 April 2015
A well researched book on this fascinating period.

A little dry for my liking (considering the subject matter) but does provide some real insight into the Regency world of crime.

Quite a short book.
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on 12 December 2000
This is a great book giving you an insight into the darker side of Georgian life. A captivating read and a most enlightening book. A must for anyone trying to understand England in the 1800's.
This book will open your eyes to what lay behind the pomp and splendor of the times.
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on 4 March 2015
A excellent book full of fascinating information. Maybe not as dark as I expected it to be considering the cover. However, it is very well written and extremely easy to read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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