Who Do You Think You Are?

The Time Traveller’s Guide To Regency Britain


Ian Mortimer

Bodley Head, 432 pages, £20 enjoyed by George IV. The appalling conditions under which children worked in mills are also recounted. The contrast between such experience­s is stark.

Mortimer draws on a range of contempora­ry sources, and the narrative extends from the cost of a hairbrush to the implicatio­ns of the Industrial Revolution. He also discusses how we should interpret and understand the past. However, in a section about racism, uncensored terms of racial abuse appear in the text. I was troubled by this approach, and the use of language that remains harmful in the present.


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