Regency Reader Questions: Dining in Hotels

Regency Reader Question I’ve just finished & enjoyed Rose Lerner’s well-researched “True Pretenses” set in a country town in 1808. In it, the hero invited the well-born heroine out to dinner at a hotel. What were the “rules” that governed dinner in restaurants? What sort of chaperonage would be expected? Where (in London) would a gentleman take a lady for dinner? Any advice would be … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Glove Etiquette Part Three

“…If for some reason a woman was ungloved, proper etiquette called for the gentleman to remove his gloves before taking her hand, as it was discourtesy to behave otherwise.”When would a lady be ungloved? Even receiving, wouldn’t she be wearing gloves indoors? On the other hand, according to some articles on flirting I’ve read, ladies apparently took off their gloves at all times in order … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Glove Etiquette Part Two

This is part two on my series to answer a lot of amazing questions from a reader about gloves and glove etiquette.  Here is a link to part one. She has quoted some sources, which I have bolded and italicized.  Her comments/questions are italicized. “…A gentleman also needed to think about what to do if he was wearing dark gloves and the woman was wearing light … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Mourning Clothes and the Fiance

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Moniker/Name: Vicky Source of Question: Research Your Question: I’m currently writing a story set approximately 1803 – one of the characters is a young woman of decently good social standing, whose fiance died shortly prior to their anticipated marriage. Would she be required/expected to wear mourning clothes and abstain from entertainment for a certain time, as in the case of a spouse’s death? According to … Expand