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Summary Ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Carolly Erickson

Summary Ð eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Carolly Erickson Regency England has long been seen as a time of hedonism and romance when dashing beaux and elegant belles played out their flirtations against a backdrop of opulence and style Yet beneath the surface glitter of the Regency lay an underlying malaise a pervasive hollowness and sense of loss along with an explosive undercurrent of popular unrest and political radicalismI. On the one hand this is a fascinating look at what you could call the other side of the Regency era taking Georgette Heyer as popularizer of its bright fashionable elevated side Erickson tells a story and it reads like a story spanning the years of the Regency 1811 to 1820 touching on some of its interesting characters as well as the political climate that Heyer ignores It's at the very least eye opening and there were a few events such as the Peterloo massacre that it put into context for meOn the other hand while Erickson writes vividly and with assurance her endnotes are frustratingly thin I would read a passage some story about Byron for example and turn to the back to discover that there was not a single note to show where she'd gotten the information This was especially frustrating because the notes she does include show that she's done her research As I was reading this for research and not for fun yes research can be fun too this was so unhelpfulI was also startled at the amount of fat hate Erickson perpetrates describing people like the Prince Regent and Princess Charlotte as corpulent enormous and elephantine in conjunction with talking about their less flattering personality traits It was painfully obvious that Erickson saw fatness as a marker of other negative characteristics and even though she was in part uoting contemporaneous sources who were indulging in some fat hate of their own it was still startlingOverall good as anI don't know that Heyer really needs an antidote so how about an awakening Something that reminds us of the political and social realities behind the glamor of the Regency anyway But as for solid historical research probably best to stick to her list of sources and double check anything you read here that isn't referenced

review Our Tempestuous Day: History of Regency England

Read Our Tempestuous Day: History of Regency England 107 ✓ Regency England has long been seen as a time of hedonism and romance when dashing beaux and elegant belles played out their flirtations against a backdrop of opulence and style Yet beneath the surface glitter of the Regency lay an underlying malaise a pervasive hollowness an T was indeed a tempestuous uicksilver era haunted by war and the human wreckage of war and by fears of Luddite violence and risings of the overtaxed underfed poor A time of financial uncertainty when fortunes were made and lost amid high risk and the ever present specter of bankruptcyAnd it was memorably a time studded with larger than life personalities the aged king. I changed my earlier review of this book after giving it a second read over while it is not the best on Regency England in which I have found VERY few books on the subject anyway it is still an interesting read My recommendation however is to listen to it on the Audible app on your phone it helped me understand it better than just reading the book myself

Carolly Erickson ☆ 7 Read

Our Tempestuous Day History of Regency EnglandIn his slow decline into delusion; the flamboyant Prince Regent in his extravagant Brighton Pavilion; the Duke of Wellington hero of Waterloo; the debauched tragically fissured Lord Byron hero to the women of fashionable London These and many others are brought to vibrant life in this wide ranging captivating social history a history as dramatic as the times themselves. I picked up this book expecting something similar to Georgette Heyer's Regency World and Jane Austen's England Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods but Our Tempestuous Day A History of Regency England is something totally different Carolly Erickson writes of the gritty hedonistic and political undercurrent beneath the social nicety of Heyer and Austen's England A sampling of topics covered include Napoleon Bonaparte Duke of Wellington Battle of Waterloo and its aftermath the social uprising and riots caused by political agendas such as the Corn Bill and the shaping of social norms by writers such as Hannah More and Lord Byron Although the reading is a bit dry at times Our Tempestuous Day offers a different but fascinating view of the Regency Era What you should expect a historical account of Regency England between 1810 and 1820 focusing on politics the royal family social and civil struggles and attempts at reforms and a focus on several larger than life personalities such as the Duke of Wellington Napoleon Bonaparte Lord Byron etc