Megan Frampton: No Groom at the Inn

In this Dukes Behaving Badly holiday novella, a young lady entertains a sudden proposal of marriage—to a man she’s only just met What does a lady do when a man she’s never seen before offers his hand in marriage? Lady Sophronia Bettesford doesn’t scream and run away. Instead, she accepts the shocking proposition. After all, what’s her other choice? To live with her cousin, caring … Expand

Regency Fashion: French and English Walking Dresses

From the December 1819 La Belle Assemblee, these two walking dresses complete with hats and warm over garments are delightful examples of increasingly complex gowns towards the later Regency. I have also included the Cabinet of Taste article that follows the plates as it includes some helpful hints from a “Parisian Correspondent”.

Bluestocking Belles Collection: Holly and Hopeful Hearts

When the Duchess of Haverford sends out invitations to a Yuletide house party and a New Year’s Eve ball at her country estate, Hollystone Hall, those who respond know that Her Grace intends to raise money for her favorite cause and promote whatever marriages she can. Eight assorted heroes and heroines set out with their pocketbooks firmly clutched and hearts in protective custody. Or are … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Actors and Housing

Moniker/Name: Alyson Pearce Source of Question: Research Your Question: Hello! I’m writing a different sort of Regency romance and I had a question regarding living conditions. My main character is a Drury Lane actor making roughly £350/year, a figure that was calculated from receipts which show midrange actors earning £6-10/week. He’s a single man with no children. What kind of lifestyle would that £350/year afford … Expand

Joan Smith: Winter Wedding

Clara Christopher had met Lord Allingcote several years previously at a houseparty, when he had chosen her as his flirt. But he’d disappeared from her life, and now reappeared escorting the outrageously beautiful Nel Muldoon to a wedding for his cousin. Though his lordship still had eyes for Clara, she had no intention of ignoring the troublesome Nel. Set over Christmas and nearly New Year, … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Botanical Emblems

From November 1819 La Belle Assemblee, a short article on botanical emblems outlines some of the symbology behind various plants and sundry.  Although it didn’t become a prevalent practice until the Victorian era, it is interesting to think how coded messages have long been sent through gifts of various plants since the beginning of time. It also appears like garlic has a long tradition of warding … Expand

Regency Men: Martin Archer Shee

Born in Dublin on Dec. 20, 1769, Martin Archer Shee would eventually rise to acclaim as a portrait painter and president of the Royal Academy in 1830. The Life of Sir Martin Archer Shee: President of the Royal Academy, 1860 He became active in London by 1788, and was “second only to Lawrence as the leading society portraitist” (http://www.artuk.org/discover/artists/shee-martin-archer-1769-1850).  He was under the guidance of … Expand

Anya Wylde: Dorothy

The Fairweather sisters adore each other and always stand by one another. But when circumstances force Dorothy May Fairweather to marry Lord William Edmund Huxley, the man her best friend is in love with and the Duke’s arch enemy, things change. With her one foolish mistake, Dorothy manages to vex all those that mean the most to her. Now all alone and miserable, Dorothy has … Expand

Regency Hot Spots: Soho Square

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Soho Square was built in the late 1670s and was initially one of the most fashionable addresses for Town dwellers.  Originally called King’ Square in honor of King Charles II, its center housed a statute of the king finished and mounted in 1681 by Danish sculptor Caius Gabriel Cibber.  By the early 1800s, the statue was describe as being “in a most wretched mutilated state; … Expand