History, particularly English history, has fascinated me since I first saw The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth R on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, many years ago. So long ago, in fact, that Alistair Cooke was the host and the theme music was still Mouret’s Rondeau, performed by Collegium Musicum de Paris.
Shortly after my exposure to Tudor times on Masterpiece Theater, I ran across my first Georgette Heyer novel, Beauvallet, set in the Elizabethan era. I soon sought out more of her novels, and discovered the English Regency. Without doubt, a much more civilized age, even if fewer buckles were swashed! It was through reading Heyer that I ultimately encountered Jane Austen, and was thoroughly enchanted.
My undergraduate and post-graduate studies focused on English social and cultural history with a concentration on the period of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I did also study Tudor and Stuart English history, only to be convinced those were times in which I most definitely did not want to live. The Regency will do very nicely for me, thank you very much!
After completing my graduate studies, I spent time as a both a museum and historic house curator. I thoroughly enjoyed my work, but it was extremely demanding and time consuming, leaving little time for a social, or any other kind of life. I also soon discovered the field did not pay well and there were few opportunities for advancement. Fortunately, I was able to shift gears and I now manage testing of educational software for an international publishing company.
However, I have not abandoned my historical studies, now they are simply self-directed, and at my own pace. I focus primarily on the social and cultural history of life in Regency England, particularly those esoteric topics which are ignored by historians of the "big issues" of history. You will find the results of my research in the articles posted here. Reading of novels with a Regency setting is intermingled with my historical study. Since I am periodically irritated by the blatant historical inaccuracies in those novels, this is also my venue to attempt to set the record straight. I like to think that Georgette Heyer, a most meticulous researcher, would appreciate my efforts. I hope you will, as well.
© 2008 – 2013
Kathryn Kane, Kalligraph