Regency Reader Questions: Mourning Clothes and the Fiance

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Moniker/Name: Vicky Source of Question: Research Your Question: I’m currently writing a story set approximately 1803 – one of the characters is a young woman of decently good social standing, whose fiance died shortly prior to their anticipated marriage. Would she be required/expected to wear mourning clothes and abstain from entertainment for a certain time, as in the case of a spouse’s death? According to … Expand

Regency Words: That’s the Ticket!

The Scottish Guardian. January to June 1872. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1895 Words, facts, and phrases; a dictionary of curious, quaint, and … 1882 Apparently, there is rampant debate as early as the 1880s about the origin of the expression “That’s the ticket.”  In use, according to research, since at least the 1820s, it is meant to describe “the very thing” or “the right … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: A Cheesy Question

  A Cheesy QuestionIn the c. 1832 publication, “Whom to Marry and How to Get Married…,” there is a description on pg 24 that implies that it is horrifyingly uncouth for a young lady to actually say “cheese.” (It’s also apparently uncouth to say “cabbage,” which should be referred to only as “greens.”) However, I have not found a single reference that says why it … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Play the Lottery!

  Appearing in the 1806 La Belle Assemblee, these two ads promise untold riches for those game enough to enter the lottery. Lotteries were in England officially since 1566. The English State Lottery ran from 1694-1826, when parliament shut it down.

Regency Fashions: Walking Dress and Morning Dress

From the April 1818 La Belle Assemblee, these gowns are perfect for the “motley display of winter, spring and almost summer” of April in Town. I have included the excerpts on General Fashion Observations and a list of gowns made for Princess Elizabeth:

Regency Mystery: The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathhurst

The disappearance of a British Diplomat in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars is perhaps not so mysterious to today’s reader.  But imagine its November 1809, and a young man named Baron de Koch is stopped at the post house for fresh horses in the town of Perleberg, west of Berlin.  He is dressed with the care and elegance of German merchant, in a sable fur … Expand

Top Ten: Best Regency Romances for Teens

In no particular order, here is my top ten of Reg Roms for teens. Click on the cover to be whisked away for purchase, or hit the link on title/author to read my review. Meg Cabot: Victoria and the Rogue Short, sweet and often funny, this is a great YA read for those interested in historical romance. Anya Wylde: Dorothy Recommended for older teens, this … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Glove Etiquette Part One

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Question: I am confused about glove etiquette. When did a gentleman remove his gloves? Some specific examples from the reader demonstrate what a tangled web is the etiquette of gloves.  You may remember my post a year or so ago about gentlemen’s gloves and some of the contradictory instructions about how when/where men might take off their gloves.  The most unanimous direction was that a gentleman … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Yellow Bounders and the Four Horse Club

Some articles and blogs claim that all chaises and post chaises must be yellow. However, the only requirement I’ve found or a particular color of any carriage is one from the Four Horse Club, that a member’s barouche must be yellow. So… Why always yellow for the chaise? The cracking of the whips, the thundering of hooves…the dashing yellow bounder rattling along the roads must’ve … Expand