Uncertainty and unrest: the madness of the Regency period

In February 1811, Prince George became the Regent in place of his insane father, George III. Stella Tillyard looks beyond the romanticised Regency world of Jane Austen novels and finds a time of unrest and uncertainty

George III at the end of his reign. He "represented the uncontrollable aspects of humanity that the Enlightenment could not explain," says Stella Tillyard. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article first appeared in the February 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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