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 … Continue

Regency Culture and Society: Botanical Emblems


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 … Continue

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).  … Continue