The Edwardians

Although people see the Edwardian era as a golden age of peace, propsperity and tranquility, it was also one of hope and of new ideas, of inventions such as the radio and the aeroplane, and a fermant of activity in politics, social controversy and the arts. J.B. Priestley exmaines the personality of the monarch after which the Edwardian era is named, analyzes the legacy of the Victorian age, and discusses the contrast beyween High Society and what were called the Lower Orders.

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By Jill (Charleston, WV) · ★★★☆☆ · May 03, 2010
J.B. Priestley, who wrote one of my favorite books An Inspector Calls, takes on a period piece from a time in which he lived.....the age of Edward VII and the time leading up to WWI. The book covers every aspect of life during that transition from Victorian to Edwardian and how it affected the li... ...more
By False (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · September 28, 2014
This book sets the standard on the subject matter...that last golden summer in England before World War I. It's knowledgable, evocative, hauntingly poetic. High on my list for this era. ...more
By Joe (London, H9, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · March 18, 2009
I confess I got this for the pictures. The text is very smoothly written as you'd expect from Priestley, but there are much better Edwardian histories out there. The photographs, paintings and posters that illustrate it are excellent, however, and by themselves made it worth borrowing from the li... ...more
By Robert (Brisbane, 04, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · September 21, 2011
A good short overview of the period, from a presonal perspective, so you may not agree with JBP's observations, but then he doesn't insist you should. Well illustrated. ...more