Regency Advertisements: Fashionable Silks

Appearing in the July 1817 Ackermann’s Repository, this ad for low priced silks on Hanway street from the latest French patterns. Hanway Street, near Tottenham Court Road, was originally formed in the early 18th century and was largely occupied by shopkeepers and tradesmen.  Today, it features many “offbeat” coffee bars, clubs and restaurants (https://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/survey-of-london/tag/hanway-street/). According to Johnstone’s London Commercial Guide and Street Directory (1817), Samiel … 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

Regency Advertisements: Paper Sandwich and Tea Tray

Appearing in the July 1817 Ackermann’s Repository Advertisement section, this ad for papered tea and sandwich trays emphasizes the interest in papered objects with an Asian influence during the Regency era:

Top Ten: Marriage of Convenience Regency Romances

One of my favorite romance tropes (especially if comedy) is the marriage/engagement of convenience.  I haven’t analyzed why I love it very deeply, but my instinct tells me its a delight in the absurd about two people forced together who end up falling in love (because, of course, its romance and there has to be a HEA). This plot is perhaps most believable in the … Expand