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 Culture and Society: A Letter from a Young Gentleman to His Sister

Appearing in the Lady’s Monthly Museum (1803, Volume 11), this letter from a young gentleman to his sister is everything a letter from a big brother should be. Filled with caution, care, and foreboding warnings of danger! ruination! and all the delights of Town, its a wonderful example of not only the thoughts and feelings of gently reared siblings (including affection), but also gives us … Expand

Regency Reader Questions: Hyde Park and Driving in the Dark

Question: All the schedules I can find indicate that one called on acquaintances at 5 pm or later.  And that the “fashionable hour” was from about 4:30 to 7:30 pm. If the Season was basically winter, that means people were shopping and promenading driving in Hyde Park in the dark. In dark and dreary weather. Yet no one says, these things happened in the dark … Expand