Named for the reigns of the four Hanoverian monarchs known as George I, II, III, IV, George IV’s brother, William IV, the Georgian era in England began in 1714 and concluded with the ascension of Victoria to the throne in 1837. In politics, the Georgian era marks the establishment of a constitutional monarchy in England. It was an age of tempestuous revolution in Europe, but England survived, first through a merger with Scotland in 1707 as Great Britain and then, through its merger with Ireland in 1801, as the United Kingdom. These political organizations were never entirely accepted by the Irish and Scots, and for all its liberality Great Britain still lost the American Colonies. The Georgian era was an age of political argument, on the floor of parliament and in tracts and philosophical works that to this day are regarded as foundation stones of political science.
In the arts, the Georgian era marks the acme of both British painting and architecture, a splendor of unparalleled refinement created by such talents as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner, and Constable in painting; Robert Adam, John Nash, and James Wyatt in architecture; and Capability Brown in landscape design. In literature, we see the development and refinement of the English novel in such writers as Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, and Jonathan Swift and the emergence of the Romantic poets in Wordsworth and Shelley, Byron and Keats, and Robert Burns. It was an era of stunning artistic achievement.
Georgian England remains a monument of both political and artistic genius, and its legacy offers a magnificent panorama of civility and grace, spirit and intelligence, energy and accomplishment. Faculty for the campus program include Lamar Cecil and Marc Conner from W&L and Lucinda Hawksley from London. This program includes an opportunity to visit England for a tour of notable Georgian architecture in September.
The Lion Rampant: Americans, Frenchmen, And All Sorts of Indians
LIVE » Tuesday, July 16, 2013 @ 10:35 am EST
A presentation by W&L Emeritus Professor Lamar Cecil. Lamar Cecil is the former William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of History at W&L, specializing in European History. He is the author of numerous books and articles and has delivered many papers relating to the history and politics of Germany. He also has a strong interest in British monarchical history and has spent much time working in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle. Lamar is a veteran teacher of W&L's Alumni Colleges on campus and abroad, lecturing on a variety of topics from 19th century Europe to the relationship between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the post-Cold War world.