I hope to have the introductory podcast recorded very soon. The first podcast will be an overview of some of the topics I intend to cover over the course of this podcast. The second podcast will be squarely in the late Georgian period and I will concentrate on the political situation in England at the outbreak of the French Revolution.
I have started a timeline that covers some important events in the late Georgian and Regency period. It can certainly be built upon as I move forward with the podcast. I will also be moving it to its own page on this site for ease of reference as I add new posts to the main page.
Late Georgian & Regency Timeline
February 1789 – Regency Crisis: King George III is stricken for the third time with an illness that is described as madness.
Summer 1789 – French Revolution begins
January 1789 – Louis XVI executed
February 1789 – French declare war on Britain
September 1789 – The Terror begins in France
October 1789 – Marie Antoinette is executed
October 1795 – Napoleon Bonaparte makes a name for himself by suppressing a Royalist coup by firing grapeshot into the agitators
November 1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte is name First Consul (effectively the dictator of France)
1801 – William Pitt government falls over Catholic Emancipation & Henry Addington becomes Prime Minister
1802 – The Treaty of Amiens ends what were called the Revolutionary Wars with France. The Napoleonic Wars would be after only a brief period of peace.
1804 – Napoleon is declared Emperor
1804 – William Pitt returns as Prime Minister
1805 – Battle of Trafalgar
March 1807 – Slave Trade abolished in the British Empire
1807 – Peninsular War began on the Iberian Peninsula
February 1811 – George, Prince of Wales was sworn in as Prince Regent
1811 – Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen is published
May 1812 – Prime Minister Spencer Perceval assassinated in the lobby of the House of Commons
1813 – Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen is published
1814 – Napoleon defeated and exiled to Elba
1815 – Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon’s final defeat
July 1817 – Jane Austen dies
November 1817 – Princess Charlotte, 2nd in line to the throne, dies in childbirth
August 1819 – Peterloo Massacre
January 1820 – King George III died, and the Prince Regent started his reign as King George IV