Put down the mixing of the Christmas pudding for a minute! This lecture given by Professor Robert Morrison, author of The Regency Revolution: Jane Austen, Napoleon, Lord Byron and the Making of the Modern World, shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Crown Award and one of The Economist's Books of the Year in 2019, will concentrate on Christmas in the Regency (1811-1820) as experienced by some of its most notable figures, including the poets John Keats and Lord Byron, the politician Lord Castlereagh, the clergyman Sydney Smith, and the novelists Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens.
After booking a ticket for this enchanting virtual event you will return to your Christmas preparations with renewed vigour, knowing that you will be going somewhere worthwhile this Christmas even if you are spending a rather remarkable Christmas holiday indoors. But not the only remarkable Christmas holiday that was ever spent!
The holidays of 1819 were perhaps the most remarkable of the decade. The Duke and Duchess of Kent vacationed in Devon with their infant daughter Princess Victoria, the future Queen. Dorothy Wordsworth reported ‘intense frost and deep snow’ in the Lake District and worried that her brother William’s children were planning to cram themselves far too full of ‘Beefsteak & mince pies’. Seven-year-old Charles Dickens traveled to London to behold ‘the splendour of Christmas Pantomimes’. The evening deepened Dickens’s fascination with actors, audiences, theatrical spectacles, and comic performances – to say nothing of his belief in the magic of Christmas.
Transmitted live from Regency Bath, do not miss this chance to deepen your own fascination with all things Regency by asking a question during the live Q&A of this multi-award nominated author and Regency expert.
Join BRLSI, on 15th December and bring some magic into the Christmas season.
Hosted by Professor John Strachan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Bath Spa University
Robert Morrison received his BA from the University of Lethbridge, his MPhil from Oxford, and his PhD from Edinburgh. He did his postdoctoral work at the University of Manchester. He taught at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and Queen's University in Ontario before being appointed British Academy Global Professor at Bath Spa.