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The Time Traveler's Guide to Regency Britain
The Time Traveler's Guide to Regency Britain: A Handbook for Visitors to 17891830 | Ian Mortimer
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A vivid and immersive history of Georgian England that gives its reader a firsthand experience of life as it was truly lived during the era of Jane Austen, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Duke of Wellington. 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 license 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 Traveler'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 behavior, 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 contradictionswhere 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 feared. Conveying the sights, sounds, and smells of the Regency period, this is history at its most exciting, physical, visceralthe past not as something to be studied but as lived experience.
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I enjoyed this summary of what a modern time traveler might expect if visiting the UK during the Regency period. It reminded me a little of those old Let‘s Go travel guides I used in the 1980s in its tone and structure. It‘ll come in handy not only when re-reading Austen, but also as I read the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O‘Brian.

Many thanks to @StayCurious for leading the #pemberlittens through this fascinating journey. 😊

sisilia Patrick O‘Brian!!! Another in my long list of projects 1mo
Ruthiella @sisilia I‘ve only read two so far, but they are surprisingly fun! 1mo
Centique I‘m just about to start the medieval one of these! I‘m glad to hear you liked this 😊 3w
Ruthiella @Centique I‘ll bet his medieval one is equally good. 😀 3w
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Everything you need to know if you're going to visit the Regency Era in England! This is well-researched, very thorough, and interestingly written.
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StayCurious Glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
AsYouWish Yay!!!💙💙💙💙 1mo
PuddleJumper 🎉🎉 1mo
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#Pemberlittens Ch.6: clothes! I love learning about historic ways of dressing but once again I was craving pictures. I liked learning what or who started some trends. I bet people were happy to be rid of those powdered wigs! I wonder what it‘s like to be a “professional dandy”…

KristiAhlers Clothing has always intrigued me as well. I too wish my kindle version of this book had illustrations. Still I Google my way through the chapter. 1mo
IndoorDame Do you think being a “professional dandy” was anything like being an influencer? 1mo
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Ann_Reads I think women would be glad to get rid of (or acceptably do without) corsets or stays, after the empire waist dresses came into vogue. 1mo
StayCurious @IndoorDame omg you nailed it right on the head! 1mo
Ruthiella @Ann_Reads And yet they are going to come back in the next decade in the Victorian era. Fashion is rarely about comfort for women IMO. 1mo
suvata “Dress says a great deal about your class, and that certainly matters. It affects your ability to get credit in a shop, rent a house and gain entry to a ball.” Well, that attitude hasn‘t changed much in the last 150 years. 1mo
Bklover I‘m a little behind but I have to say I am pretty horrified by the thought of them washing their clothes in stale urine (everyone on your street‘s!). 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I found this chapter really interesting, but also would have really liked pictures so I could better understand everything that was being described. All of the different pieces of clothing that made up the ladies' full dress attire were hard to picture. I also would have liked to have seen pictures of the different regional attire. 1mo
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