Laurie Benson: The Unexpected Countess

-Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?- The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalizing the ton with his behavior. But it’s his turn to be scandalized when, on an escapade, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester–in the rain, at night, on a rooftop! Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Disappointed Hopes

This article appeared in the August 1803 issue of The Lady’s Monthly Museum, and describes a scene familiar from literature and Regency romances about disappointed hopes and a practiced rakehells dalliance.  It provides authors and readers alike with a real life (presumably) example of a man toying with a young lady’s affection:

Regency Men: The Eccentric Mad Jack

Yep, that’s a dude riding a bear.  Yep, it really happened.  And no, its probably not the craziest thing John “Mad Jack” Mytton did. Born in 1796, John Mytton was a rake of the Regency, a noted eccentric, and part of a long line of Shropshire squires. Expelled from Westminster School for fighting, followed by expulsion from Harrow demonstrated Mytton’s commitment to education was less … Expand

Regency Culture and Society: Hints for Young Married Women

A lot of the Regency Reader Questions I receive are related to etiquette and how ought a young lady to behave in a variety of circumstances.  I found this article in the July 1803 Lady’s Monthly Museum and thought it might be of interest for those readers and writers hoping to understand the expectations Regency society had for young women recently wed. There are even … Expand