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 … Continue

Regency Villains: A Treacherous Footman

This “unfortunate wretch” and his story appeared in the 4th Volume of the The New Newgate Calendar.

Regency Crime and Punishment: Assizes

For serious criminal and civil matters, the courts of assize or assizes as they were known were held in country towns.  Visiting judges from higher London courts often presided over the assizes, a system that … Continue