Meet the Georgians: Epic Tales from Britain's Wildest Century (Hardback)Robert Peal (author)
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Wickedly funny and exciting, Peal’s corking whistle-stop tour of the mavericks, monsters and madmen of the Georgian era takes in a dozen larger-than-life figures whose genius and excess exemplified the period.
Anne Bonny and Mary Read, pirate queens of the Caribbean
Tipu Sultan, the Indian ruler who kept the British at bay
Olaudah Equiano, the former slave whose story shocked the world
Mary Wollstonecraft, the feminist who fought for women's rights
Ladies of Llangollen, the lovers who built paradise in a Welsh valley
'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' is how Lord Byron, the poet who drank wine from a monk's skull and slept with his half-sister, was described by one of his many lovers. But 'mad, bad and dangerous' serves as a good description for the entire Georgian period: often neglected, the hundred or so years between the coronation of George I in 1714 and the death of George IV in 1830 were years when the modern world was formed, and changes came thick and fast.
Across this century, new foods - pineapples, coffee and pepper - suddenly became available in the shops. Fashion exploded into a riot of colour, frilly shirts and wigs. Gin was drunk like it was water. Demands for women's rights were heard, and it became possible to question the existence of God without fear of prompt execution.
These exciting new developments came, of course, from the expanding British Empire. Britain's wealth and its sudden access to chocolate, chillies and spices, was entirely bound up with the conquest of overseas territories and the miserable suffering of enslaved workers.
This is the backdrop to Robert Peal's new book, which introduces the Georgian era through the diverse lives of twelve 'magnificent - if not moral' people who defined it.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 30 mm
'The way Robert Peal describes Georgian England, you'd be mad not to want to live there yourself ... He does make us think about the extraordinary breadth of experience on show in a period that tends to get written off in popular history ... Peal has a sharp awareness of the best scholarly work on the subject and where to find it ... An excellent entry point' - Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian
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By telling the stories of key figures of the age, it shows what life was like then & the impact that this period of history has on today’s world.
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Before reading this book I didn't know a great deal about the Georgians...but here I am now wishing I was a fly on the wall during the whole era. Full of debauchery and raucous behaviour, a bit too much to drink,... More
“A very very readable "proper" history book”
Initially, Robert Peal’s Meet the Georgians reminded me of the Horrible Histories books with the use of colloquial language such as “p*ssed”; “how easy it is to look epic dressing like it’s 1725”; and describing Emma... More
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