Tessa Dare: Romancing the Duke

In the first in Tessa Dare’s captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . . As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy … Expand

Regency Pastimes: The Art of Dancing

 The young lady’s book: a manual of elegant recreations, exercises, and pursuits (1829) has lovely illustrations and all sorts of instructions on different pastimes that I have been sharing on the blog.  One of the most fascinating is the breakdown on dancing, which I think will be useful for those trying to figure out exactly what was going on on the Regency dancefloor.  The dancing chapter … Expand

Joan Smith: Tea and Scandal

THERE WAS MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING AT WILDERCLIFFE! Exceedingly wealthy Lord Pargeter had married his housekeeper . . . then expired, leaving the woman an heiress. There was something havey-cavey about the whole business, especially when the woman’s niece, Jane Lonsdale, arrived unexpectedly from her teaching position at Miss Prism’s Academy. Across the lake, neighbors at Swann Hall were most interested. Visiting acquaintance Lord Fenwick … Expand

Regency Hot Spots: Harrison’s and Bartleman’s Vocal Concerts

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Hanover Square Rooms in 1843 The picture of London, for 1802 These concerts were initiated in 1792 in the Willis’s Rooms by Harrison and Knyvett as an alternative to the Ancient Concerts. After a few years of low success, Haarrison returned to the Ancient Concerts, but then reunited to revive them in 1801 through 1803. There was then a lull until 1807 (through 1812) when … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Forms of Address

Moniker/Name: Pauline M Ross Your Question: I’m an author writing my first Reg Rom series, and my characters are mostly not titled, just regular gentlefolk. I’m fascinated by the subtleties of how the characters address each other – when a man is Mr Darcy, or just Darcy, or called by his first name, for instance. My specific problem relates to a husband and wife. I … Expand