Filed under Regency Culture and Society

Regency Culture and Society: Furniture

I have furniture on the brain.  DH and I are redeco-ing our living room after a kitchen remodel, and I have been scouring craigslist and vintage shops for the perfect pieces to during our living/family room in to the perfect lounging and entertainment destination. Most of our furniture has been hand-me-downs, furniture we have hung … Continue reading

Regency Literature: The Novel

Oh the novel. We might guess at its pulp status from the very lips of Jane, herself, speaking about her heroine in Northanger Abbey: “Yes, novels; – for I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom, so common with novel writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of … Continue reading

Regency Culture and Society: Graffiti

Don’t you hate it when media gives the modern age credit for all the black eyes on humanity?!  As if violence, crime, and other social ills were proprietary to contemporary culture. On one of my many year abroad late night tramps across the Midland country side, one of our favorite haunts was Kenilworth Castle. What … Continue reading

Regency Culture and Society: Tobacco

I just saw the COOLEST show on the Science channel.  Mudlarking on the Thames.  Metal detecting during low tides, digging in the muck and mud in London and coming up with treasures from hundreds of years ago. Apparently the British Museum has stores and stores of finds from mudlarks, including medieval toys (toy cannons that … Continue reading

Regency Culture and Society: Consanguinity

After a re-read of the most delightful The Grand Sophy (Georgette Heyer) and its habit of making my mind drift towards the icky thought of cousins marrying, I decided to do a little research on consanguinity to see what were the home truths about it in the Regency era. Here is a sciency definition of … Continue reading

Regency Culture and Society: Regency Spam

Logging in to the bl0g to check in and do a little blogging, I spent the regrettable five minutes wading through the sea of spam.  “Great post on cctv surveillance.  Check out mine.”  Huh? “I would love to post.  Please clarify what your blog is about.”  Okay.  No. And as the absurdities of the spam … Continue reading