Revolution : A History of England Volume IV
by Peter Ackroyd
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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The Revolution, the fourth volume by Peter Ackroyd is exciting in the history of England in 1688, with a revolution and ends in 1815, with a famous victoryIn it, Ackroyd’s readers of William of Orange, joining following the Glorious Regency Revolution, when the flamboyant Prince of Wales reigned in place of his mad father, George III, and England was once again at war with France, a war which would end with Napoleon’s defeat at WaterlooThe end of Stuart and England’s georgia marked the creation of the state’s great English pillarsThe Bank of England was founded, as the stock exchange, the Church of England was constituted as the guardian of the spiritual life of the nation and the parliament is the sovereign organ of the nation, with responsibilities and duties far beyond those of the monarchIt was a revolutionary era of English literature, too, at a time when newspapers first flourished and the English novel was born.It was a time when cafes and theatres were booming, gin was flowing and shops, as we know them today, began to proliferate in our towns and villages.But it was also an extraordinary and unprecedented time of technological innovation, which saw England absolutely and irrevocably transformed from a land of blue skies and agricultural lands to one of soot and steel and coal.
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