Stephanie Laurens: All About Passion

Fate has made Gyles Rawlings a man determined to control his destiny. He has decided to wed a well-bred lady who will dutifully bear him sons, yet turn a blind eye while he takes his pleasure elsewhere. By all good accounts, Francesca will fit his bill. As for the “elsewhere,” he’s recently encountered a beautiful, brazen siren who will make a fine mistress, one with … Expand

Regency Hot Spots: Private Art Collections

The private art collection is a distinguishing feature of the wealthy (for a modern update to some of the Duke of Bridgewater’s collection, see this fascinating article from 2008: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/news/sometimes-one-can-have-just-too-many-titians-913933.html) At the beginning of the 19th century, the practice of opening collections to public inspection was becoming increasingly common (http://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/24/william-hazlitts-account-of-mr-angersteins-collection-of-pictures).  These collections and viewings would, literally, become the foundation of places like the British National … Expand

Regency Men: Anthony le Texier

Anthony A. Le Texier (1731-1814) was a French actor and director “renowned for being able to put on a play by acting all the different parts himself” (The Additional Journals and Letters of Frances Burney, 2015, p.13)  He was also known, in London, as a “sort of theatrical fixer” including translating and selecting French language pieces for the London stage (Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A … Expand

Megan Mulry: Bound to Be a Groom

Sometimes our wildest dreams come true. In the tumultuous summer of 1808, Spain and England are close to war and four young lovers are close to ecstasy. To carve out an independent life with the woman she loves, Anna knows she must leave her quiet Spanish convent to become a courtesan. To gain experience, she sets her sights on . . Sebastian, whose powerful, aristocratic … Expand

Regency Advertisements: Morgan and Sanders Furniture Warehouse

Ackermann’s Repository, May 1817 The last line was, apparently, meant to distinguish themselves from their former employer and rival Thomas Butler (http://www.campaignfurniture.com/makers/morgan-sanders). What is particularly of interest, is the concept of a showroom as a space not only of exhibition but also of leisure and socializing; “it is noticeable that space is provided for visitors to sit down and relax…(t)his may reflect Morgan & Sanders’ … Expand