The Lure of the Georgian Age

Penelope Corfield provides an overview of the many recent lively and entertaining studies of 18th-century Britain.

Yes, the 18th century is hot in terms of historical research into British history. You don’t believe me? You are thinking of dull Hanoverians in bland ‘pudding-time’ or trying to recall old battles like Ramillies and Blenheim, which now no schoolchild knows. Think again. The British Library, which keeps its finger on the pulse of public intellectual life, is hosting a scintillating exhibition, The Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain. And it is getting glowing reviews. (It runs until March 11th, 2014.)

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