Regency Culture and Society: Where is a good husband to be found?

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Published in a column called “The Listener” in the January 1816 edition of La Belle Assemblee, writer Georgiana begs the question “Where is a good husband to be found?” This cautionary tale seems to suggest that whether for love, money, or in an abundance of caution, even the most benign of suitors can turn into a monster of a husband.  

Regency Culture and Society: Botanical Emblems

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Appearing in the January 1820 La Belle Assemblee, this collection of Botanical Emblems features symbols for truth, joy, and superstition.  A young lady may use this information to inform paintings, embroidery or poetry, invoking all the symbolic history of flora and fauna.  Other examples from La Belle Assemblee demonstrate that while the language of flowers wouldn’t be widespread until the Victorian era, it was nonetheless … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Maxims from a Chinese Manuscript

Appearing in the December 1816 La Belle Assemblee, these maxims tell us something about women in both British and Chinese cultures at the time. Yes, the misogyny runs rampant.  But underneath that, I also think it tells us where a woman’s power was hidden.