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The Georgian era is a period in British history from to c. –37, named after the Hanoverian kings George I, George II, George III and George IV.
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Georgian entertainment: from pleasure gardens to blood sports Matthew White examines the variety of entertainment and leisure activities enjoyed in Georgian Britain. Poverty in Georgian Britain From the charitable relief of the Poor Law to the grim conditions of the workhouse, Matthew White examines attitudes to the poor in Georgian Britain. The rise of cities in the 18th century Cities expanded rapidly in 18th century Britain, with people flocking to them for work.
Collection items Explore the newspapers, books, illustrations, posters and political reports of the time, and much more The Frauds of London.
- Why Is She Smiling: study guide included.
- Flavor: Story 7!
- Si luniversité...cest nouveau pour vous ? (French Edition).
- The Christmas Event.
- Jane Austen’s fiction: an accurate portrayal of life in Georgian England?;
- Der Nabob: Band 1 (German Edition).
Two illustrations of 18th century textile production Entertainments on offer at Bartholomew Fair, Illustration of Bedlam, by William Hogarth, Illustration of Billingsgate Market. View all collection items. Share this page.
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Next year marks three centuries since the Hanoverian succession, the moment in when the crown of England, Scotland and Wales passed to a minor German princeling, George elector of Hanover. Who were the Georgians?
It's a question that seems to puzzle much of the general public. The BL's recent audience research suggests that period recognition is scanty. The BBC is confident of the pulling power of labels such as the Romans, the Tudors, the Victorians and the second world war, but any era that falls outside the embrace of the national curriculum, or the popular imagination, faces a tough time.
Any genuinely popular appreciation of what historians like to call the long 18th century owes much to the enduring appeal of Jane Austen and little to history. Yet, among scholars, the century has been the cockpit of conflicting interpretations for decades.
Older histories saw this as an epoch of toff rule, which was a good thing for Protestant English liberties. While continental Europe groaned under the yoke of Catholic absolutism, the bloodless Glorious Revolution of smoothed in parliamentary monarchy. An oligarchic coup enabled the Dutch William of Orange to invade and take the crown by consent of parliament; he accepted unprecedented limitations on his prerogatives in return.
In , a distant German cousin was invited to rule for lack of any Protestant candidates at hand.
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The Whig interpretation of history charting a stately unfolding of constitutional liberties was besmirched by Lewis Namier , whose group biographies of the parliamentary classes led him to conclude that high-minded rhetoric was a mask for selfish local interests and grubby manoeuvring. The towering historian of the left EP Thompson agreed with him, and conjured a pitiless elite of aristocratic Whigs, unrelenting in the exhibition of authority. From "the ritual of the hunt; the pomp of assizes and all the theatrical power of the law courts ; the segregated pews, the late entries and early departures at church" to the splendour of their wealth and hauteur of bearing and expression — all was a performance calculated to overawe the vulgar and extract deference.
Georgian Britain was riven between rulers and ruled.
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For the historians of the late s bred on student politics, sex and rock'n'roll , there was, however, far more to the 18th century than haughty patricians and powerless plebs. A broadening of the definition of politics to embrace public opinion and popular debate, and investigation of crime, clubs, street life and sexual adventurism amped up the excitement. The new social history "stripped off the veneer of the age of reason", enthused Roy Porter , "revealing that beneath the perfectly powdered wig, emotional and psychological disorder seethed".
After all, the most published genre of the age was the sermon. Was the 18th century an ancien regime , or the first modern consumer society? The BL confirms the polite and commercial road to modernity story, illustrating rather more leisure and pleasure than squalor and rebellion.
- Éveil et Philosophie (French Edition).
- Un asesinato literario (Nuevos Tiempos) (Spanish Edition).
- An Eclipse of Destiny;
- Georgian Britain - The British Library.
Unsurprisingly, given its holdings, the exhibition celebrates the role of print in the making of this busy new world. Government censorship before publication ended in Britain when the Licensing Act lapsed in For most of the 17th century, only one, semi-official, newspaper had been tolerated. The first daily paper appeared in London in ; by there were You could scan all the latest rags for the price of a drink. The relaxation of censorship encouraged the riotous reproduction of visual satire, from political cartoons to mockery of manners and morals.
The new print culture unsurprisingly reinforced the ideals and culture of elites, yet it opened a space for their critics too.
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A freer press was inimical to the exclusiveness of aristocratic government. Politicians and public figures from admirals to duchesses were now seen as accountable to public opinion. The flood tide of print carried along many cultural preoccupations, from education, erotica and the new science, to the sins of luxury and the servant problem. Self-improvement was a national obsession if the sales of how-to manuals are any guide.
The exhibition offers an example from one of my favourite genres — how to write a love letter. Manuals offered handy templates to cover every eventuality.