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The Georgians: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th-Century Britain (Guest: Penelope J. Corfield)

August 3, 2022

In Episode 82 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Penelope J. Corfield, author of “The Georgians: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th-Century Britain.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Penelope J. Corfield, professor emeritus of history at Royal Holloway, London University and president of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, to discuss her new book, “The Georgians: The Deeds and Misdeeds of 18th-Century Britain.” They discuss many aspects of Georgian life, including politics and empire, culture and society, love and violence, religion and science, and industry and towns. They also discuss the elements of deep continuity that persisted even within major changes in Georgian society.

Get the book here:  https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300253573/the-georgians/

Show Notes:

Financial Times: Ruth Scurr – “The Georgians — the age that shaped Britain, for good and bad”
https://www.ft.com/content/5802c43c-5548-4a96-a527-b8b55dd16e95

History Today: Penelope J. Corfield – “The Lure of the Georgian Age”
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/lure-georgian-age

Lapham’s Quarterly: Penelope J. Corfield – “What Driveling Times Are These!”
https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/roundtable/what-driveling-times-are-these

Literary Review: Freya Johnston – “Squalor & Sublimity”
https://literaryreview.co.uk/squalor-sublimity

The Spectator: Wynn Wheldon – “The Georgians feel closer to us now than the Victorians”
https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/the-georgians-feel-closer-to-us-now-than-the-victorians

Sunday Times: Dominic Sandbrook – “The Georgians by Penelope J Corfield review — a colourful history of life in Georgian England”
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-georgians-by-penelope-j-corfield-review-a-colourful-history-of-life-in-georgian-england-2tz92lpmd

Times Literary Supplement: Judith Hawley – “The age of light, libel, levity and lead”
https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/the-georgians-penelope-corfield-book-review-judith-hawley/

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
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