High Society in the Regency Period

High Society in the Regency Period : 1788-1830

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'Full of wonderful social titbits and interesting pieces of information' - Amanda Foreman, "Mail On Sunday". The Regency is synonymous with a style unique in the English monarchy's history. A time of transition and paradox, elegance and vulgarity; when Lady Caroline Lamb stabbed herself for love of Byron and Stephenson invented the locomotive; when a mistress cost the equivalent of GBP100,000 a year and a farm labourer kept a family on 15 shillings a week. Murray chronicles the life of the beau monde during this extraordinary period. The book is lavishly illustrated with satirical prints of the period.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 32pp colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0140240438
  • 9780140240436
  • 1,303,349

Table of contents

An impolite society; bucks, beaux and "pinks of the Ton"; "the seventh heaven of the fashionable world"; relative values - the cost of living; London - the most prosperous city in Europe; from the seaside resorts to the northern meeting; "a mistress had a better deal than a wife"; clubs and taverns - gambling and gluttony; the age of indulgence; the pursuit of pleasure; charades and epigrams - the country house; fashion, manners and mores - the new liberalism; on the eve of reform.
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About Venetia Murray

Venetia Murray's previous books include ECHOES OF THE EAST END and CASTLE HOWARD: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF A STATELY HOME. She lives in Wiltshire and has a grown-up family.
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