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In Revolution, Peter Ackroyd takes listeners from William of Orange's accession following the Glorious Revolution to the Regency, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales ruled in the stead of his mad father, George III, and England was - again - at war with France, a war that would end with the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo.

Late Stuart and Georgian England marked the creation of the great pillars of the English state. The Bank of England was founded, as was the stock exchange; the Church of England was fully established as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation, and Parliament became the sovereign body of the nation with responsibilities and duties far beyond those of the monarch. It was a revolutionary era in English letters, too, a time in which newspapers first flourished and the English novel was born. It was an era in which coffeehouses and playhouses boomed, gin flowed freely, and in which shops, as we know them today, began to proliferate in towns and villages. But it was also a time of extraordinary and unprecedented technological innovation, which saw England utterly and irrevocably transformed from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.

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  • Felisa Kay Chaloupek.
  • 2021-01-18

several great parts, but some not so

I have enjoyed all the books in this series. and the information on the Stuart's was great. very detailed and I learned a lot. not yet having read a great deal on them but knew a lot about them. so I sucked that up. but after that.. about william of orange and queen Anne time.. the book stops detailed account of the monarchy and seemed to obsess with only the industrialization of england . I would have preferred a better balance. I actually got very board towards that end and thought of not finishing it cause he droned on for ever about industrialization and nothing else. still a good author and good book

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  • Swearengen Arizona
  • 2019-09-15

Masterful storytelling.

A very enjoyable listen with chapters interweaving cultural, religious and political histories of England in the 1700s

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  • Ky
  • 2019-04-16

Very Indwpth

Another great instalment in the series. A bit heavy on the theatre history but very good read.