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All Things Georgian (Paperback)

Tales from the Long Eighteenth Century

British History P&S History Social History Photographic Books Colour Books Georgian Era 18th Century

By Joanne Major, Sarah Murden
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781526757852
Published: 30th October 2019

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Take a romp through the long eighteenth-century in this collection of 25 short tales.

Marvel at the Queen’s Ass, gaze at the celestial heavens through the eyes of the past and be amazed by the equestrian feats of the Norwich Nymph. Journey to the debauched French court at Versailles, travel to Covent Garden and take your seat in a box at the theatre and, afterwards, join the mile-high club in a new-fangled hot air balloon.

Meet actresses, whores and high-born ladies, politicians, inventors, royalty and criminals as we travel through the Georgian era in all its glorious and gruesome glory.

In roughly chronological order, covering the reign of the four Georges, 1714-1830 and set within the framework of the main events of the era, these tales are accompanied by over 100 stunning colour illustrations.

Featured in 'The best of this month's Hertfordshire-linked books and book news'

Hertfordshire Life, September 2019

This book covers well-known and lesser-told tales from the long 18th century, a period I am fascinated by. It was a time of increasing education, literacy and newspapers to record events for the newly literate to read. And there were, oh, so many scandals to read about.

This book is highly illustrated with photographs of images from the time. The writing is easy to read and has enough depth to get you hooked on Georgian history, or give you a few other roads to head down if you’re already interested in the period.

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Rosemarie Cawkwell, Blogger

An interesting look into the events and achievements of the Georgian era.

I really like how this book was made up of short stories and beautiful images, it really made it all the more informative, especially on the women of the era with some of their accomplishments.

I think there’s just enough information to keep you intrigued but not so much that you feel bombarded with it which is always a winning combination for non-fiction books!

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GoodReads, Kayleigh

Edited and abridged article from the authors as featured by

Newcastle Journal, 5th June 2019

Article: 'Pair pen book on Georgians' as featured by

Mansfield Chad (print), Dispatch (Hucknall) - words by Richard Silverwood

Edited and abridged article from the authors: 'Yorkshire History: The Dramatic Life of Jonathan Martin, tanner' as featured by

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BBC Radio Leicester with presenter Dave Andrews, 28th July 2019

Producing these stories has so obviously required extensive and painstaking research from the authors, which will be appreciated by genealogists, and it is refreshing to see so much interest in our female ancestors.

WDYTYA? Magazine, August 2019 - reviewed by reader Gill Grocott

Major and Murden have created a well-structured and well-researched book that makes for highly pleasurable reading. The volume will appeal to both those familiar with this era, who are bound to find something new and intriguing amongst this rich collection, and more broadly, those interested in social-cultural history and women’s studies.

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Women's Studies Group 1558 – 1837

What a brilliant romp through the Georgian world, this is a fun, easy to read book all about an era that in itself could be construed as fun a lot of the time. The writing is clear, entertaining and knowledgeable, there is a real fun, energetic and carefree feel to this which a lot of that is down to the fact that Sarah and Joanne are hugely passionate about this era, so much so that you literally fall into the Georgia era through the pages, add in the beautiful colour pictures that run through the book and you have a real feast for the senses.

I love how this is written, it is made up of a selection of short stories; so it’s not bombarding you with page after page of facts and figures, but gives you a short story and history lesson of each chapters particular subject, which personally I do prefer this way of reading nonfiction it, keeps it light and fun and will keep you reading.... Over all this is a fabulous read, highly recommended, no matter what you read, if you love your history then you will all find something in the book to love.

Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

I recommend this book to anybody interested in the Georgian era, even if the interest is only in passing. The illustrations are an added bonus, and the stories are so varied that most readers will find topics to their liking that will merit further research. This is not a book that will solve the doubts of people wanting to learn everything there is about the Georgian period, but it is a great appetizer, and will provide hours of entertainment and plenty of material for conversation. Don’t forget to check the authors’ other books if you are interested in the subject.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez Miret

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Jane Austen`s Regency World , July/August 2019

Sarah Murden and Joanne Major have done a wonderful job of recreating the Georgian world. The language is beautiful, the stories both exciting and entertaining; and scattered with just the right amount of famous and infamous people to make the reader go ‘ooh!’. The two authors are so in sync that it is impossible to discern which story is told by one of the writers and which by the other.

All Things Georgian: Tales from the long Eighteenth Century by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden is a wonderful little treasure trove of stories and facts, brought to life in beautiful prose and accompanied by glorious images. It would be a stunning addition to any library – it even smells special!

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History The Interesting Bits, Sharon Bennett Connolly

This is a splendid collection of vignettes of Georgian life, superbly illustrated and full of flavoursome nuggets of social history.

Jane Austen's Regency World, July/August 2019 - reviewed by Joceline Bury

Undoubtedly this volume will appeal to those with an interest of any kind in the lifestyles of the Eighteenth Century’s rich and famous. Social historians might also find it useful, while readers with an interest in the art and architecture of the era may also find it worthy of their perusal.

Keith Rimmer, NZ Crown Mines

This is a good-size hardback (16.5 x 24cm), well produced, with over 100 stunning full-colour illustrations, many of them full-page. I particularly loved the depiction of a fleet of oxen moving the above-mentioned windmill to its new home, William Herschel’s telescopes, and the many caricatures and portraits. As on the blog, the writing style is jaunty and fun, at times a little arch in an 18th-century style. It’s a flowing, easy and enjoyable read, and would make a fantastic gift for lovers of popular history or an entry point into the Georgian world.

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Naomi Clifford

I highly recommend this book which deals with stories rather than history. If you want to understand how people and especially (because the book focuses largely on women of that era) women of the Georgian period lived, this is a great starting point.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

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Mansfield Chad, 10th April 2019

About Joanne Major

Joanne is Lincolnshire born and bred. Originally from the north of the county, she now lives in a village to the south of Lincoln where she happily spends most days half in the present and half in the Georgian era, with an occasional foray into the world of the Victorians. A genealogist of 25-years standing, Joanne, together with Sarah, became distracted from the people she was researching and stumbled accidentally into the path of an eighteenth-century courtesan. Life hasn’t been the same since.


 Sarah Murden

About Sarah Murden

Sarah was living in Hampshire when she first met Joanne via an online genealogy forum. Sarah is slightly more of a ‘nomad’, originally from Nottinghamshire, then moving to the Peak District where she lived for over 20 years, followed by Hampshire for 12 years, she now enjoys the quiet life in a small village in rural Lincolnshire. Having studied Humanities but focusing mainly on history, Sarah has a passion for the eighteenth- and nineteenth centuries and could quite happily have lived in the eighteenth-century (only if very wealthy of course!). Together with Joanne she is the joint author of these compelling biographies, the two brought together through their shared passion for history and genealogy.

Joanne and Sarah share a blog, All Things Georgian, where they publish twice weekly with a wide remit of writing about ‘anything and everything’ connected to the Georgian era. Expect everything from extra and exclusive information relating to their biography to articles about false bums and tums (fashion victims are nothing new!) and local murder mysteries. If it grabs their attention, then they hope it will interest their readers too. Nothing is off limits!

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