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Regency Britain in the Year of Waterloo

A Year In . . .


352 Pages, 6 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $42.95 (US $42.95) (CA $51.95)

Publication Date: April 2015

ISBN 9781781858219

Rights: US & CA

Head of Zeus (Apr 2015)

Price: $42.95


A kaleidoscopic picture of British society in the year of the battle of Waterloo, evoking the sights, sounds, and smells of a defining moment in modern British history1815 was the year of Waterloo, the British victory that ended Napoleon's European ambitions and ushered in a century largely of peace for Britain. But what sort of country were Wellington's troops fighting for? And what kind of society did they return to? Stephen Bates paints a vivid portrait of every aspect of Britain in 1815. Overseas, the bounds of Empire were expanding; at home, the Thames froze over, and the population endured the chill of economic recession. As Jane Austen busied herself with the writing of Emma, John Nash designed Regent Street, Humphrey Davy patented his safety lamp for miners, and Lord's cricket ground held its first match in St John's Wood, a nervous government infiltrated dissident political movements and resorted to repressive legislation to curb free speech. This book offers a richly engrossing picture of a year that resonates to a surprising degree with the Britain of today.

Author Biography

Stephen Bates has worked as a journalist for the BBC, the Telegraph, the Mail and, for 23 years, as political correspondent at the Guardian. He is the author of Church at War and God's Own Country.