Regency England: Society, Culture, and Politics | Newberry

Regency England: Society, Culture, and Politics

Led by Frank Biletz. 6 sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Saturdays, June 30 - August 4

10 am - noon

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

To enhance enjoyment of Jane Austen’s novels, this course will survey English society in the late Georgian period, including such topics as the emergence of romanticism, the roles of women, the life of the gentry on their country estates, the influence of evangelical religion, the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, the madness of George III, the personality and scandals of the Prince of Wales, and high society during the Regency. Six sessions.

Frank A. Biletz received his PhD in history from the University of Chicago, specializing in modern British and Irish history. He is currently an adjunct instructor in history at Loyola University Chicago and has been teaching seminars at the Newberry since 1994.

Materials List


  • Carolly Erickson, Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England. Harper, 2011. ISBN#: 978-0380813346
  • Saul David, Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency. Grove Press, 1998. ISBN#: 978-0802137036

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read : Chapters 1 and 2 of Erickson’s book and chapter 1 of David’s book.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.