In-Depth: Seawater and Sea Bathing

It has been rather a while since the last In-Depth article, in which the Gin Craze was explored. Therefore, it seemed that a return to this section of the blog was more than a little overdue. In the Georgian era, sea bathing became a rather modish activity.[1] Seaside resorts grew up along the south coast …

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Review: Lucy Worsley – Mozart’s London Odyssey

It seemed a rather long time since the poor Review section of this blog had had any new content, and it was perilously at risk of feeling overlooked and neglected. Then, quite by chance, a new documentary from the spirited Lucy Worsley appeared on BBC4. Mozart’s London Odyssey follows a neat and circular narrative, beginning …

In-Depth: The Georgians And Their Gin

It’s London, it’s a sweltering summer’s day and you’ve arrived here for the first time. You are young and you have ambitions. This is your chance to make your mark on the world. However, your hopes that the streets would be paved with gold and opportunity were dashed before you even set foot in the …

Review: A Very British Romance with Lucy Worsley

In this new three-part documentary series showing on BBC4 (and iPlayer), Lucy Worsley explores three centuries of romance, arguing that the way this is experienced can be traced back through specific historical events. The first programme begins in the Georgian era and charts the rise of the romance novel, which Worsley argues changed the way …