Regency Hot Spots: Argyll Rooms

“At the corner of Little Argyll Street formerly stood the Argyll Rooms. The establishment was founded under the auspices of Colonel Greville, a noted sportsman and “man about town” under the Regency, who purchased a large house and turned it into a place of entertainment, as a rival to the Pantheon. The fashionable world worshipped at Colonel Greville’s shrine, and its balls, masquerades, and amateur … Expand

Nightmare Abbey: Thomas Love Peacock

Not being able to resist such a title and promise of gothic romance satire, I found a freebie copy of Thomas Love Peacock’s Nightmare Abbey to download. Originally published in 1818, Peacock was a notable satirist and member of the Shelley set.  Nightmare Abbey takes direct aim at many of his friends, making light of incidents in their life to humoursly portray popular Regency gothic … Expand