Robert Morrison & Bruce Beehler

February 23, 2020

The Regency began in February 1811, when George, Prince of Wales, ruled Britain as “Prince Regent”, taking over the duties from the increasingly erratic King George III. The next decade saw a breathtaking amount of change in Britain, for good and bad. The war with Napoleon ended, the War of 1812 with America happened, Luddites protested the rapid changes in the industry, Britain saw the beginning of major reforms in their government, and Mary Shelley penned Frankenstein. On Inquiry tonight we talk with writer and historian ROBERT MORRISON. He is the Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. His new book is a breathtaking survey of this decade: THE REGENCY YEARS: DURING WHICH JANE AUSTEN WRITES, NAPOLEON FIGHTS, BYRON MAKES LOVE, AND BRITAIN BECOMES MODERN.

Inquiry welcomes back BRUCE M. BEEHLER. He is a research associate in the Division of Birds at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His latest book is a wonderful “through the year” memoir of his natural history encounters around D.C. and along the east coast: NATURAL ENCOUNTERS: BIKING, HIKING, AND BIRDING THROUGH THE SEASONS.

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