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- DescriptionThe Regency period was one of the most turbulent ages in British history, one that spanned the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars, that witnessed unprecedented industrial progress, artistic accomplishment, and violent social unrest and--paradoxically--the most sparkling social scene English high society has ever enjoyed. Under the influence of the obese, loose-moraled Prince of Wales (to whom <b>Jane Austen</b> dedicated <b>Emma</b>), the Regency was the apex of British decadence, an era of lavish parties and relentless bed-hopping that set a standard for elegance and vulgarity. With wit and lively style, <b>Venetia Murray</b> chronicles the scandals, courtships, and daily life of these aristocrats, and evokes the tempestuous times of the early industrial and French revolutions. Sumptuously illustrated with rare contemporary cartoons, prints, diaries, and caricatures, <b>An Elegant Madness</b> is a book readers of social history and historical romance alike will devour.
- Author Biography<b>Venetia Murray</b> worked as a journalist, writing for many major periodicals and newspapers, and published three novels before concentrating on social history. Her previous works of non-fiction include <b>Echoes of the East End</b> and <b>Castle Howard: The Life and Times of a Stately Home</b>, a three hundred year history of the castle that was the setting for <b>Brideshead Revisited</b>. She lives in Wiltshire, England.
- Author(s)Venetia Murray
- PublisherPenguin Books Ltd
- Date of Publication27/04/2000
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPenguin Books Ltd
- Out-of-print date11/10/2009
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight249 g
- Width133 mm
- Height197 mm
- Spine16 mm
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