The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency 1811-1820

The Prince of Pleasure and His Regency 1811-1820

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The Regency Period is perhaps the most romantic of British history. It was an age which swung between extremes of elegance and refinement, and depths of sodden brutality. The central figure is the Prince Regent, Prinny, and though he sometimes appears as a gigantic spoilt child, he was famously good company and a notable patron of the arts. The author portrays the personalities of the giants of the romantic age - Byron, Shelley, Sheridan, Wordsworth, Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott; Davy Faraday and Macadam; Turner, Constable and Cotman - to name a few. It was an age of extravagance; an age marked by great eccentricities and prodigous jokes; the luddite riots; the Battles of Waterloo and Peterloo; the first waltzes and the first locomotives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 189 x 245 x 18mm | 759g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0141391065
  • 9780141391069

Author information

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1894, J.B. Priestley served in the infantry in the First World War before taking a degree at Cambridge University. Journalist, critic, novelist and playwright, Priestley was awarded the Order of Merit in 1977 and died in 1984. He is also the author of THE EDWARDIANS published in Penguin Classic History.show more

Table of contents

The Regency; the Romantics; pride and prejudice; parades and fireworks; the year of Waterloo; the Byron scandal; the line breaks; fact and fiction; the year of Peterloo; queen's move; king of pleasure.show more

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