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  • Published: 12 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473547988
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432
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The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain




A time of exuberance, thrills, frills and unchecked bad behaviour: Ian Mortimer turns to what is arguably the most entertaining period in British history - the Regency


'Ian Mortimer's Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain tells you all you need to know about criminals, disease, beggars and other late Georgian delights if you ever find yourself visiting the 1790s.' Daily Telegraph, History Books of the Year
This is the age of Jane Austen and the Romantic poets; the paintings of John Constable and the gardens of Humphry Repton; the sartorial elegance of Beau Brummell and the poetic licence of Lord Byron; Britain's military triumphs at Trafalgar and Waterloo; the threat of revolution and the Peterloo massacre. In the latest volume of his celebrated series of Time Traveller's Guides, Ian Mortimer turns to what is arguably the most-loved period in British history - the Regency, or Georgian England.

A time of exuberance, thrills, frills and unchecked bad behaviour, it was perhaps the last age of true freedom before the arrival of the stifling world of Victorian morality. At the same time, it was a period of transition that reflected unprecedented social, economic and political change. And like all periods in history, it was an age of many contradictions - where Beethoven's thundering Fifth Symphony could premier in the same year that saw Jane Austen craft the delicate sensitivities of Persuasion.

Once more, Ian Mortimer takes us on a thrilling journey to the past, revealing what people ate, drank and wore; where they shopped and how they amused themselves; what they believed in and what they were afraid of. Conveying the sights, sounds and smells of the Regency period, this is history at its most exciting, physical, visceral - the past not as something to be studied but as lived experience.

  • Published: 12 November 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473547988
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432
Categories:

About the author

Ian Mortimer

Dr Ian Mortimer is the Sunday Times bestselling author of TheTime Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England and The Time Traveller’s Guide to Elizabethan England, as well as four critically acclaimed medieval biographies, and numerous scholarly articles on subjects ranging in date from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1998. His work on the social history of medicine won the Alexander Prize (2004) and was published by the Royal Historical Society in 2009. He lives with his wife and three children in Moretonhampstead, on the edge of Dartmoor.

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Praise for The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain

Mortimer's accessible guidebook format brings...[Regency Britain] vividly to life

History Revealed

Ian Mortimer has made this kind of imaginative time travel his speciality.

Daily Mail

An entertaining and enlightening read

Choice Magazine

[Mortimer] succeeds, rather brilliantly, in making a mass of information accessible and entertaining

Kate Hubbard, Oldie

Ian Mortimer's Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain tells you all you need to know about criminals, disease, beggars and other late Georgian delights if you ever find yourself visiting the 1790s

Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph, *Books of the Year*

[Mortimer] has already written guides to the medieval, Elizabethan and Restoration periods, and now he's bringing that same mix of telling anecdote and pithy research to Regency Britain, that funny wedge of time squeezed between the Georgians and the Victorians

Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

Thrilling...when you read it, you imagine yourself among your ancestors, and they are as awful and ingenious as we are

Tanya Gold, Daily Telegraph

Excellent ... Mortimer's erudition is formidable, and he rarely writes a dull sentence ... Georgette Heyer's research for her novels would have been so much easier with this book on her shelf. As for Jane Austen, she would have found in its pages not only her own world, but other Regency worlds she probably never knew existed. And now, two hundred years later, so can we

The Times

Every page of The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain is crammed with enlightening information

Daily Mail

As entertaining as it is inventive

Harry Adams, York

[An] excellent book... Mortimer's erudition is formidable, and he rarely writes a dull sentence

Andrew Taylor, The Times, *Book of the Week*

[Mortimer] has already written guides to the medieval, Elizabethan and Restoration periods, and now he's bringing that same mix of telling anecdote and pithy research to Regency Britain, that funny wedge of time squeezed between the Georgians and the Victorians.

Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday

[Mortimer] succeeds, rather brilliantly, in making a mass of information accessible and entertaining

Kate Hubbard, Oldie

An entertaining and enlightening read

Choice Magazine

Every page of The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain is crammed with enlightening information

Daily Mail

Excellent ... Mortimer's erudition is formidable, and he rarely writes a dull sentence ... Georgette Heyer's research for her novels would have been so much easier with this book on her shelf. As for Jane Austen, she would have found in its pages not only her own world, but other Regency worlds she probably never knew existed. And now, two hundred years later, so can we

The Times

Ian Mortimer's Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain tells you all you need to know about criminals, disease, beggars and other late Georgian delights if you ever find yourself visiting the 1790s.

Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph, *Books of the Year*

Thrilling...when you read it, you imagine yourself among your ancestors, and they are as awful and ingenious as we are

Tanya Gold, Daily Telegraph

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