Rachel Carter: Lucretia

Kidnappings, elopements, duels, dastardly plots. Making your debut has never been so hazardous. Hidden away from polite society, Lucretia Lanyon spent her time daydreaming of dandies, extravagant pantaloons and intricate neckties. Now an heiress and suddenly the toast of Society, she finds her ideal man in Viscount Prendergast, the one bachelor in London who doesn’t seem interested in marrying her. Lucretia must navigate around nefarious … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Shoes and Feet

Question: I’ve read that most tailors were men, that ladies got their footgear from these male tailors, and that the tailor himself tended to serve the client. So did a lady of the ton–did any lady–allow a male tailor to touch and handle her feet and ankles? Measure her, fit the slipper or boot? Did she actually show leg to a strange man? (Eg, how … Expand

Regency Fashion: Costume for Dinner Parties and Evening Dress

Appearing in the February 1816 La Belle Assemblee, these two evening gowns were perfect for the gadabout young lady. Included are some little hints about dress and fashion, including the tidbit that white dresses will “ever be the most prevailing breakfast costume”.

Caroline Ashton: Rowena

Rowena Harcourt-Spence has a secret known only to her diary. She loves Laurence Radley, the brave and cultured eighth Earl of Conniston. Their shared pleasure in watching her half-sister Amabelle dance through her first London Season has deepened her love but his inexplicable offer for Amabelle shatters her dream. When her sister indignantly refuses him, their irate father orders Rowena to make her accept. Fearful … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Hyde Park and Driving in the Dark

Question: All the schedules I can find indicate that one called on acquaintances at 5 pm or later.  And that the “fashionable hour” was from about 4:30 to 7:30 pm. If the Season was basically winter, that means people were shopping and promenading driving in Hyde Park in the dark. In dark and dreary weather. Yet no one says, these things happened in the dark … Expand

Regency Women of Character: “Unbecoming” Lady Drivers

I was doing some research and ran across this account of women drivers in Hyde Park from a very starched up sexist American, and thought it was too interesting not to share.  Not the misogynistic part, the bad-a lady driving part. A Journal of Travels in England, Holland and Scotland, 1820   Almost thirty years later, there seemed to be a more practical approach to ladies … Expand

Susan Carroll: Brighton Road

SHE WAS A MISTRESS OF DISASTER–AND HE DEMANDED SHE KEEP HER DISTANCE! With his broad shoulders and flashing dark eyes, Lord Ravenel could have stepped from the pages of lady author Gwenda Vickers’s gothic novels! Certainly she hadn’t meant to eavesdrop on his marriage proposal–nor overhear the lady’s refusal. But certainly he would welcome her advice–as a seasoned writer, of course–on the art of romance. … Expand

Regency Fashion: Winter Carriage Dress and French Carriage Dress

Appearing in the February 1818 edition of La Belle Assemblee, these exquisite carriage dresses are everything I have ever wanted in a coat. The French “celestial” blue with its military Brandebourg fastenings is jaunty and elegant…who would’ve thought you could be both at once?! The swansdown trimmed striped carriage dress, on the other hand, is just the right level of dashing. And how I love … Expand