Tag Archives: Anne Woodley

Well in Hand: The Four-Horse Club

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Often mistakenly called the “Four in Hand Club”, this group began as a rival to the Bensington Driving Club.

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Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson by Paula Byrne

Perdita: The Literary, Theatrical, Scandalous Life of Mary Robinson

For those who enjoy the Regency period and life of George IV, this is one of the most perfect books to introduce you into the famous lives of the period. Mary Robinson’s was a brief, intense and fascinating life which pushed the established mores to their limits. The Prince of Wales (later to be George […]

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Medically Speaking

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The Cambridge Illustrated History of Medicine by Roy Porter I decided, given the variation in literature available, to read and review three books on medicine by Roy Porter at once. They are this one, The Cambridge Illustrated History: Medicine, as well as The Greatest Benefit of Mankind and Gout, the Patrician Maladay. I thought this […]

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The Girl From Botany Bay

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The Girl from Botany Bay by Carolly Erickson Mary Broad had a brief moment of celebrity, and this is probably one of the only reasons we know so much about the life and times of not just Broad, but others like her. Women who lived a hand to mouth existence, who trod on the wrong […]

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The Art of Regency War

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British Military Spectacle : From the Napoleonic Wars through the Crimea By Scott Hughs Myerly It was only after I had read some way into this book that I realised that it must have been some kind of thesis. When did people start writing them so well? It isn’t encumbered with that annoying pseudo-intellectulese that […]

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The Worlds of Georgette Heyer

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Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester As the patroness of two online discussion lists, Janeites, for Jane Austen Fans, and the Georgette Heyer discussion list, I am just the audience who Kloester’s is aiming at with this book, and I have to say she absolutely hit the mark! This is an extraodinary book and […]

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Two Views of Napoleon

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Napoleon’s Russian Campaign by Count Phillipe-Paul de Segur This is a raw account of Napoleon’s Russian 1812 Russian Campaign from not just an eye witness, but a French officer and aide to Napoleon. Phillipe-Paul de Segur was rarely more than a few feet from Napoleon’s side throughout this campaign and doesn’t swerve from making observations […]

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Capt Gronow and Sir Harry Smith Write their Memoirs

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Captain Gronow: His Reminiscences of Regency and Victorian Life, 1810-60 By Christopher Hibbit   This is a very difficult book to review as I liked it a lot, but I still have a number of reservations about it – mostly about its editing. First, let me tell you about Captain Gronow – he was one […]

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Kings and Princes: Lives of the Georgian Royalty

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George III: A Personal History by Christopher Hibbert I did enjoy this book, Hibbert has a way of including small details of life within the larger context of of his subject which gives wonderful insight into both his subjects and the time he is writing of. For instance the quotes from Fanny Burney’s diaries of […]

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Passion and Principle & The Regency Underworld

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Passion and Principle: The Loves and Lives of Regency Women by Jane Aiken Hodge There were three issues at stake when I tried to figure out just how I would rate this book excellent book by Hodge. The first is its accuracy, the second its subject matter, and the third is its readability. In the […]

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