Georgians Revealed (paperback)
Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain
For over a hundred years (1714–1830) a King George sat on the British throne. It was a time of transformation, as cities grew, trade expanded and taste and elegance fostered a great consumer boom. Yet what do we really know about the people of this period? Georgians Revealed explores the realities of their daily lives through a fascinating variety of objects, from playbills to porcelain, architects’ plans to fashion plates. It traces the Georgians’ love of shopping and celebrity, gambling and domestic design, and shows how a passion for entertainment created the circus, pantomime and modern ballet, as well as the notorious pleasure gardens and masquerades.
Spanning high culture and business, consumerism and crime, this book unravels the contradictions and concerns that link the Georgian age so closely to our own. Featuring over 150 illustrations from the British Library’s rich collections, it offers a rare insight into a complex era that shaped our modern world.
Accompanies a major exhibition at the British Library, 8 November 2013 to 11 March 2014.
About the authorsMoira Goff is Curator of Printed Historical Sources, 1501–1800, at the British Library. She is the author of The Incomparable Hester Santlow: A Dancer-Actress on the Georgian Stage (2007). John Goldfinch is Curator of Incunabula at the British Library. Karen Limper-Herz is Curator of Printed Historical Sources, 1501–1800, at the British Library. Helen Peden is Curator of Printed Historical Sources, 1801–1914, at the British Library. Amanda Goodrich is a Lecturer in History at The Open University. She specialises in the history of political ideas in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and is the author of Debating England’s Aristocracy in the 1790s: Pamphlets, Polemics and Political Ideas (2005). Recently she has been working on politicisation and identity in Britain and the Atlantic World.