Skip to content
Tags

The Edwardians

April 16, 2018

edwardians

The Edwardian Era is a short one – a decade at its basic understanding, 14 years in its extended version – but it’s nevertheless an age that lives on in the memories more than any royalty-based-group-of-years since. Usually it’s referred to as a pleasant break between the stern seriousness of the Victorians and the horrors of the First World War, the ‘Edwardian Summer’ remembered by war poets, but of course the reality was very different. It was an era of unrest, the confidence of empire knocked out by the Boer War, the rise of the suffragettes and the Labour Party, vast changes in technology, fashion and daily life, and much in the way of political and social turmoil.

Roy Hattersley’s book on the era does a fairly good job of explaining all of this, though the entire first half (and it’s a big book) is taken up with minutiae of the political ins and outs of the House of Commons, which is a struggle to get through to say the least. The Rex Factor podcast on the reign of Edward VII is as entertaining as ever. Otherwise it seems that fictionalised portrayals are the way to go – The Go-Between, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Howards End, Jeeves & Wooster, The Wind In The Willows, The Magician’s Nephew, My Fair Lady, basically any HP Lovecraft story. No, I’m not going to say Downton Abbey.

From → 1901

2 Comments
  1. This was amazing and inspiring too about life on an Edwardian farm if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a look https://youtu.be/UcBl4_2FJX4

    Like

  2. Whole series is up on YT

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: