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 at the post house for fresh horses in the town of Perleberg, west of Berlin.  He is dressed with the care and elegance of German merchant, in a sable fur … Expand

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 Folklore: The Headless Man With A Blue Coat and Gilt Buttons

A discovery concerning ghosts, with a rap at the ‘spirit-rappers’. (illustration by Cruikshank), 1863 I found a very interesting book somewhat after the Regency era, that speaks of ghostly phenomena (much occurring during the Regency).  This one excerpt was particularly entertaining and I thought I would share: The night side of nature; or, Ghosts and ghost seers, 1848 Happy Hallows Eve!