Regency Culture and Society: A Letter from a Young Gentleman to His Sister

Appearing in the Lady’s Monthly Museum (1803, Volume 11), this letter from a young gentleman to his sister is everything a letter from a big brother should be. Filled with caution, care, and foreboding warnings of danger! ruination! and all the delights of Town, its a wonderful example of not only the thoughts and feelings of gently reared siblings (including affection), but also gives us … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Mourning Clothes and the Fiance


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 Pastimes: Pictorial Cards

Appearing in the March 1818 issue of Ackermann’s Repository, this plate of pictorial cards shows the thoughtful symbolism that could be employed in a deck of cards to titillate and stimulate conversation. That these are categorized by the magazine as “Fine Arts” also indicates their importance in cultural play.