Regency England (1811-1820) is one of the time periods most favored for historical fiction and movies. It is the time of the Duke of Wellington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Byron and Shelley, Austen and Scott. In The Regency Years, Robert Morrison aims to give the general reader an in-depth look at this short, but important, time span. He argues that the Regency period plants the seeds for the modern age we think of being ushered in by the Victorians.
Morrison does an excellent job of examining both the positive and the negative parts of Regency life. The grandeur and beauty live side by side with the excesses and squalor. Chapters cover economics, social reforms, political strife, literature, science, colonialism and war, sex and entertainment. While the majority of The Regency Years does not contain information that is new to Regency history devotees, Morrison presents it in a way that ties together aspects of Regency life in new and interesting ways. Quotes from letters, diaries, and references to popular literature create a well-rounded and well-researched history.
Fast-paced and written in a lively and engaging style, The Regency Years is an excellent history for readers beginning to study the time period, and a detailed, delightful read for those looking to round out their knowledge of this fascinating time period.
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (21 June 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393249050
- ISBN-13: 978-0393249057
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.3 x 24.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 703 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)