Regency Period

    The Regency Period in England is named for the Prince Regent's tenure during the final illness of his father, George III--1810 to 1820.  The future George IV was named Regent in 1811 and became king in 1820 upon the death of his father. George IV left no legitimate children so upon his death in 1830 (his legitimate daughter died in 1817), the crown passed to his brother, William IV, referred to by some as "Sailor Bill."  When William IV died childless in 1837, the crown passed to his niece, Victoria, the last of the Hanovarian line.

Major historical events leading up to and during the Regency Period

1775    Jane Austen born on Dec. 16
1776     Declaration of American Independence
1781    Surrender at Yorktown; American victory over British troops
1789    French Revolution
1791    Thomas Paine's Rights of Man published
1792    Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Women published
1793     War with France
1796    Vaccination against smallpox introduced
1799    Trade Unions suppressed; Napoleon appointed First Counsel in France
1799-1801    Commercial Boom
1805     Battle of Trafalgar--Nelson defeats the French and Spanish fleets
1812-1815    War with America
1815     Battle of Waterloo--defeat of Napoleon; peace in Europe, Congress of Vienna
1815-1817    Commerical Boom
1817    Jane Austen dies on July 18
1820    Death of George IV; accession of William IV




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