English Romanticism
HISTORY / POLITICS


Monarchy
George III: 1760-1820 George IV: 1820-1830 William IV: 1830-1837
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Timelines
  • Regency Timeline 1811-1820, site maintained by The Beau Monde, a chapter of the Romance Writers of America

  • Chronology of Major Romantic Poets and Their Works


    Richard Carlile
    Biographical Info
    Born: 1790
    Died: 1843

  • English publisher and journalist who protested English monarchy and promoted the parliamentary system
  • Major Works
  • Reprinted Tom Paine's political pamphlets
  • Published Sherwin's Political Register, a journal contributed to by, among others, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron
  • Published The Republican, which publicized the Peterloo Massacre
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    William Cobbett
    Biographical Info
    Born: 1763
    Died: 1835

  • English journalist who promoted the parliamentary system, free speech, and the rights of the poor
  • Major Works
  • Published Political Register, a newspaper and later a pamphlet (changed to escape the rising newspaper taxes) which was the main newspaper read by the working class
  • 1832-1835: Member of Parliament, attacked corruption in the government and its poor laws
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    Thomas Babington Macaulay
    Biographical Info
    Born: 1800
    Died: 1859

  • Whig Politician
  • 1832: Earl Grey appointed Macaulay as a commissioner of the Board of Control
  • Supreme Council of India
  • 1839: elected to represent Edinburgh in the House of Commons, appointed Secretary of War
  • 1857: Lord Palmerston granted Macaulay the title Baron Macaulay of Rothley
  • Major Works
  • 1823-1833: Member, Anti-Slavery Society (Society was disbanded after Abolition of Slavery Act was passed in 1833)
  • Interested in utilitarianism and was influenced by the ideas of Jeremy Bentham and Joseph Priestley
  • Regular contributor to the Edinburgh Review, a journal formed by Whig politician, Henry Brougham
  • Supported the 1832 Reform Act
  • 1848, 1855: wrote History of England
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    William Wilberforce
    Biographical Info
    Born: 1759
    Died: 1833

  • English Abolitionist
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  • Major Works
  • Member of Parliament, 1780-1825
  • Founded Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1787
  • Founded Anti-Slavery Society in 1823
  • Slavery Abolition Act passed August 1833
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