The Augustan Age or the Age of Reason/Enlightenment: sense of compromise, self-confidence, commercial and economic expansion. In religion: High, Low and Broad Church. Deism. 1760’s: agrarian and industrial revolution – enclosure, factories, growing cities, decline of the country.
London: 1665 Great Plague, 1666 Great Fire. Sir Christopher Wren – rebuilding. Two-faced city: clubs and coffee-houses, journalism (Tatler, Spectator) but poverty, no sanitary system, gin-drinking, gambling.
2. Periods in Literature