Erickson, Carolly Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England
New York William Morrow & Company 1986 0688060862 / 9780688060862 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket
Beige cloth over ivory boards, 302 pp, chapter notes, index, 12 pp of b/w illustrations. Spine slightly cocked, a little edge wear and rubbing. Jacket in new Brodart, slight edge wear. A bright, attractive copy.
"From 1810 to 1820, while his father, King George III, declined into madness at Windsor, besieged by nightmares of England sinking into the sea, George, the Prince of Wales, served as Regent, creating an epoch in England now known as the Regency Period.
"This was the age of the opulent interiors of the prince's palace, Carlton House, the grand scenic architecture of his Brighton Pavilion, outlandish fashion, extravagant balls, the age of Austen, Shelley, and Lord Byron. Yet, beneath the veneer of the chinoiserie and the grand facades, it was also a time of explosive popular unrest, political radicalism, and the European struggle against Napoleon. Aristocratic ennui and decadence contrasted with economic upheavals in the Midlands. While Caroline, Princess of Wales and wife of the Regent, had flagrant affairs and made outrageous scenes at court, the Luddites made mignight raids on textile machinery and murdered the mill owners.
"The fascinating personalities both at court and in society - the Royals, Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, Hannah More and others - provide the dramatic intrigue of this excellent social history, tempered by the larger, dynamic forces of English society in flux. It is history told through the people who made it happen."; 7¾" - 9¾" Tall