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!

Regency Culture and Society: The Cock Lane Ghost

Cock Lane - Credit: Mackay, Charles (1852(1852)) "Haunted Houses

The Cock Lane ghost actually occurred in 1762, but is such an interesting anecdote, I wanted to share (and it was still listed in guide books to London during the Regency era, so apparently still of interest to visitors to Town.) No. 33 Cock-Lane in West Smithfield was a small, three story house near St. Paul’s.  The story goes as follows:     THE MIRROR OF … Expand