Trailblazing Georgians

The Unsung Men Who Helped Shape the Modern World

Mike Rendell

Other books deal with the men under the spotlight of fame - the ‘lead singers' of the Industrial Revolution. What this book tries to do is to focus on the ‘other boys in the band' - the less famous inventors, artists, engineers and industrialists who played their part in the enormous changes that occurred in the eighteenth century.
Date Published :
April 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
20 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781473886094
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Other books deal with the men under the spotlight of fame – the ‘lead singers’ of the Industrial Revolution. What this book tries to do is to focus on the ‘other boys in the band’ – the less famous inventors, artists, engineers and industrialists who played their part in the enormous changes that occurred in the eighteenth century.

You will not find James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood or Richard Arkwright – they have hogged the limelight long enough. Instead, you will meet the men who made their mark and then faded into obscurity – the man who came up with Sheffield Plate (Boulsover) and helped bring silver decorative ware into the reach of the general public; the man who heralded the development of costume jewellery by using an alloy resembling gold (Pinchbeck); the men who used papier-mache strong enough to make chairs, and versatile enough to make lacquer-ware as fine as anything found in China (Baskerville and Clay).

It is a book about scientists and engineers operating in areas which were completely new – Smeaton in civil engineering, Maudslay in machine tool manufacture, Repton in landscape gardening and Bakewell in the selective breeding of animals. It is also about entertainers like Astley, who introduced variety acts into circus performances – the forerunner of modern mass entertainment. It features J.J. Merlin, a clockmaker who inspired the young Babbage to develop an interest in the field of computing. These artists, scientists, inventors and industrialists all feature because, by some quirk of fate, they have never received the acclaim which they deserve.

About The Author
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Mike Rendell has written ten books, all of them about Georgian England. His interest in the period was inspired by a fascinating cache of papers left by his 18th century ancestors. His other books with Pen & Sword include ‘In Bed with the Georgians: Sex, Scandal and Satire in the 18th Century’, ‘Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era’ and 'Pirates & Privateers in the 18th Century: The Final Flourish'.When not writing, he spends his time talking on Georgian topics both in Britain and abroad, and in particular on board cruise ships. He travels extensively but his home is on the edge of Dartmoor.

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