As I age I become more interested in my family history and this week I have found a relative, I think, who was born in 1760 and got me thinking of what life was like 350 years ago.
George II until October 1760
The monarch when my great, great, great, great grandfather was born was George II but by the end of October 1760 he had died and been succeeded by his grandson George III.
God-willing I have seen two monarchs, George VI and Elizabeth II, and should probably see a third who should be Charles III.
The first ten years of George III's reign saw 10 Prime Ministers and consequently was known as the Decade of Ministerial Instability. He reigned for 60 years and shared government with the Whigs and Tories.
This was a period of greater industrialisation and women were required to take part in more menial tasks. Education was tightly aligned with religion and tended to be for the upper classes.
The forty years up to the end of the century saw great leaps forward in manufacturing processes and also in the organisation of the work force. The emergence of the trade unions was also significant and in fact was banned for the first time in 1799. Some things never change!
There has always been a battle between the ruling classes and the working class and ever should it be so.
My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
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This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.
Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.