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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 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 Customs: The Cut

“For one person to look directly at another and not acknowledge the other’s bow is such a breach of civility that only an unforgivable misdemeanor can warrant the rebuke. Nor without the gravest cause may a lady “cut” a gentleman. But there are no circumstances under which a gentleman may “cut” any woman who, even … 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 Customs: Christmas

You may be like me, dusting off the holiday theme hist-ro to get you in the mood for the season.  But what was Christmas really like in the Regency? The Protestant Reformation in England condemned Christmas as a pagan celebration, and it wouldn’t regain its more contemporary fervor until the Victorian Era when scholars uncovered … Continue reading

Regency Customs: The Dance

If you have ever seen Footloose,  you know that the dance is a sexually charged activity usually engaged in by the young.  Certainly, the Regency dance was no exception. In Austen, Heyer, and contemporary historical romance the dance is where the first touch between hero and heroine usually occurs (albeit through layers of gloves).  When … Continue reading