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