Dark Days of Georgian Britain

Rethinking the Regency

James Hobson

 
Date Published :
December 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
15 illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526702548
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399077439
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Overview
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In Dark Days of Georgian Britain, James Hobson challenges the long established view of high society during the Regency, and instead details an account of a society in change.

Often upheld as a period of elegance with many achievements in the fine arts and architecture, the Regency era also encompassed a time of great social, political and economic upheaval. In this insightful social history the emphasis is on the life of the every-man, on the lives of the poor and the challenges they faced.

Using a wide range of sources, Hobson shares the stories of real people. He explores corruption in government and elections; "bread or blood" rioting, the political discontent felt and the revolutionaries involved. He explores attitudes to adultery and marriage, and the moral panic about homosexuality. Grave robbery is exposed, along with the sharp pinch of food scarcity, prison and punishment. It is not a gentle portrayal akin to Jane Austen's England, this is a society where the popular hatred of the Prince Regent was widespread and where laws and new capitalist attitudes oppressed the poor. With Hobson's illustrative account, it is time to rethink the Regency.

About The Author
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James Hobson has taught and written about History as teacher for twenty-five years. His first book was The Dark Days of Georgian Britain, a social history of the Regency period. His other interest is the English Civil War – studying this as his specialism under Professor John Morrill while at the University of Cambridge.

REVIEWS
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"Hobson has found original stories of real people that shine a light on their life… a consciously unromantic book about an era which has been fictionalized as elegant.”

- SirReadALot.org

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