Friday, September 19, 2014

Victorian, Georgian and Edwardian Antiques

The Georgian era of British history is a period which takes its name from, and is the first four Hanoverian kings  who were all named 'George': George I, George II, George III and George IV. The era covers the period from 1714 to 1830 .The definition of the Georgian era is often extended to include the short reign of William IV, which ended with his death in 1837. The last Hanoverian monarch of the UK was William's niece Queen Victoria who is the namesake of the following historical era, the Victorian, which is usually defined as occurring from the start of her reign, when William died, and continuing until her death.The term "Georgian" is typically used in the contexts of social history and architecture.

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The Victorian era of British history  was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain.[Some scholars date the beginning of the period in terms of sensibilities and 
political concerns to the passage of the Reform Act 1832.
The study of Victorianism is often specifically directed at Victorian morality, which refers to highly moralistic, straitlaced language and behaviour. 
Culturally there was a transition away from the rationalism of the Georgian period and toward romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and arts
Queen Victoria ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victorian_era


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The Edwardian era  in the United Kingdom is the period covering the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 
1910, and is sometimes extended beyond Edward's death to include years leading up to World War I.
The death of Queen Victoria in January 1901 and the succession of her son Edward marked the end of the Victorian era. Edward was the leader of a fashionable elite that set a style influenced by the art and fashions of Continental Europe—perhaps because of the King's fondness for travel. The era was marked by significant shifts in politics as sections of society, such as common workers and women, became increasingly politicised.
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