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Revolution : A History of England Volume IV

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Revolution, the fourth volume of Peter Ackroyd's enthralling History of England begins in 1688 with a revolution and ends in 1815 with a famous victory.

In it, Ackroyd takes readers from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was - again -at war with France, a war that would end with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.

Late Stuart and Georgian England marked the creation of the great pillars of the English state. The Bank of England was founded, as was the stock exchange, the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation and parliament became the sovereign body of the nation with responsibilities and duties far beyond those of the monarch. It was a revolutionary era in English letters, too, a time in which newspapers first flourished and the English novel was born. It was an era in which coffee houses and playhouses boomed, gin flowed freely and in which shops, as we know them today, began to proliferate in our towns and villages. But it was also a time of extraordinary and unprecedented technological innovation, which saw England utterly and irrevocably transformed from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 25mm | 325g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509811478
  • 9781509811472
  • 65,400

Table of contents

Section - i: List of illustrations


Chapter - 1: What do you think of predestination now?
Chapter - 2: A bull or a bear?
Chapter - 3: The idol of the age
Chapter - 4: Hay day
Chapter - 5: The prose of gold
Chapter - 6: Waiting for the day
Chapter - 7: The great Scriblerus
Chapter - 8: The Germans are coming!
Chapter - 9: Bubbles in the air
Chapter - 10: The invisible hand
Chapter - 11: Consuming passions
Chapter - 12: The What D'Ye Call It?
Chapter - 13: The dead ear
Chapter - 14: Mother Geneva
Chapter - 15: The pack of cards
Chapter - 16: What shall I do?
Chapter - 17: Do or die
Chapter - 18: The violists
Chapter - 19: A call for liberty
Chapter - 20: Here we are again!
Chapter - 21: The broad bottom
Chapter - 22: The magical machines
Chapter - 23: Having a tea party
Chapter - 24: The schoolboy
Chapter - 25: The steam machines
Chapter - 26: On a darkling plain
Chapter - 27: Fire and moonlight
Chapter - 28: The red bonnet
Chapter - 29: The mad kings
Chapter - 30: The beast and the whore
Chapter - 31: A Romantic tale
Chapter - 32: Pleasures of peace


Section - ii: Further reading
Index - iii: Index
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Ackroyd is a fascinating mix of a 19th-century narrative historian and modern social analyst. Elements of thisbook seem very old-fashioned and formal - in a good way. Yet the author eschews the detached third person preferred by stuffy professionals, favouring instead a more intimate "you" that brings the reader into the dark alleys of industrial towns to sniff the urine, vomit and suppurating sores of industrial England. Those perfect
sentences are scattered throughout.
Gerard DeGroot The Times
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Ackroyd is a fascinating mix of a 19th-century narrative historian and modern social analyst. Elements of thisbook seem very old-fashioned and formal - in a good way. Yet the author eschews the detached third person preferred by stuffy professionals, favouring instead a more intimate "you" that brings the reader into the dark alleys of industrial towns to sniff the urine, vomit and suppurating sores of industrial England. Those perfect
sentences are scattered throughout. -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times *
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About Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers, Thames: Sacred River and London: The Biography. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.
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