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As a follow-up to my Valentine’s Day post, I watched A Very British Romance and learned many more details about how the traditions of romance developed in the English-speaking world.
PBS celebrated Christmas with Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas. They followed that up with a Valentine-themed special this month — the two-episode show by Lucy Worsley about the history of romance in Britain. Both episodes of A Very British Romance are available on the PBS website — the first episode until March 8 and the second until March 15.
The first episode is all about the Georgian period (including The Regency), ending with a lovely bit that visits the homes and haunts of Jane Austen.
The second episode covers the Victorians, starting with the story of a factory girl who wrote when she wasn’t working on the factory floor and Walter Scott, one of the writers who inspired her.
As much as the history of romance, these two shows explain the change in the lives and expectations of women from Georgian through Victorian times–always an interesting topic for me.
Have you seen A Very British Romance? What did you think?