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A Brief History About the Regency Era

You can find many significant events in the past that made a mark in the world. Some of the past events that happened are known worldwide, while some are not well-known. While it may not be known worldwide, one specific era that mainly impacted the fine arts and architecture industry was the Regency era.

It happened in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the Georgian era. It was also when King George III fell ill and was unfit to rule, so his son became his replacement for a while as prince regent. After the death of King Geroge III, the substitute prince regent became King George IV.

Why Was it Called the Regency Era?

The phrase Regency era (or Regency) can refer to several lengths of time. Some are even longer than the decade of the formal Regency that took place between 1811 to 1820. However, 1795 to 1837 was mostly regarded as the Regency era because it marked many notable trends in British literature, politics, culture, fashions, and architecture.

Significant Events During the Regency Era

You can find several achievements and other significant events from various well-known people during the Regency era.

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• Year 1811

The year George Augustus Frederick, the Prince of Wales, started his nine-year occupancy as regent became well-known as The Prince Regent. The Duke of Wellington held off the French invaders during the Peninsula War. After they were successful, the Prince of Wales held a gala on the 19th of June 1811 at the Carlton house to celebrate his supposition in the Regency. It was also the time of the Glasgow weavers strike and the Luddite uprisings.

• Year 1812

Spencer Perceval, a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was assassinated in the House of Commons. Sarah Welsh-born English actress Siddons retired from the stage. Territory and shipping disputes started the 1812 war between the United States and the United Kingdom. The Gas Light and Coke Company was founded the same year. It was also the time famous social critic and English writer, Charles Dickens, was born on the 7th of February, 1812.

• Year 1813

It was the year Jane Austin published the romantic novel “Pride and Prejudice.” William Hedley built the steam locomotive called “Puffing Billy,” which ran on the rails smoothly. The poet named Robert Southey became known as Poet Laureate, and Elizabeth Fry, known as the Quaker prison reformer, began her ministry at Newgate Prison.

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• Year 1814

The Napoleonic Wars ended when the Invasion of France led to the Treaty of Paris. It was also the time Napoleon stepped down and exiled to Elba. British soldiers burned the white house, and gaslighting was introduced in the streets of London.

King George IV posing in front of a painter while in his elegant dress uniform.

These are some of the hundreds of remarkable events during the Regency era that are famously well-known worldwide. The era has brought many contributions that helped shape and form the world of today.

Riley Brown
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Riley is a history, lifestyle, and entertainment writer living in San Diego. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism and Multimedia from the University of Oregon. His work has been featured in many finance and lifestyle publications throughout the US. When he is not writing, Riley enjoys reading and hanging out at the beach with his dog.


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