The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian England.
18th century London became a social battleground as people competed to be part of the Beau Monde - a term we've all but forgotten today. Ostentatious addiction to fashion, being in the right place, wearing the right clothes, were critical to social climbing and power. Greig's book, in keeping with its subject, is luxurious, printed on heavy glossy paper with a beautiful dust jacket. Grieg is a lecturer at York and advises on historical films. Thoroughly readable, fully sourced and indexed. Illustrated. Oxford University Press. 2013. Hb, Dj. NEW. $34.00