Regency Reader Questions: The Withdrawing Rooms

Ground plans of two manor homes circa Regency

  In a follow up from my post/questions about bathroom habits of Regency people, and expanding on an earlier post about cloak rooms and withdrawing rooms, on offer today is a detailed look at withdrawing … Continue

Regency Customs: A Receipt for Courtship

A gentleman and a young lady courting

This 1805 caricature of courtship gives a simple recipe for love and marriage (by Lurie & Whittle of Fleet Street): Two or three dears, and two or three sweets; Two or three balls, and two … Continue

Regency Culture and Society: Ladies Taking Snuff

Elegantly dressed lady taking snuff

  One of my favorite schticks in a Heyer novel is in Regency Buck when Judith is taught how to take snuff.  It sums up the folly and fashion of youth so beautifully! But what … Continue

Regency Culture and Society: Debates for the Ladies

Appearing in the January 1807 Lady’s Monthly Museum, a debate about whether courtships are likely to produce happy marriages is presented.  I remember hearing this sort of debate about living together before marriage not to … Continue