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Biographical Sketches of Regency Denizens

The Remarkable Mrs. Coade

Last week, I wrote about the exceptional artificial stone created by Mrs. Eleanor Coade, which she sold at her manufactory in Lambeth. But Eleanor Coade herself was a remarkable woman, who, with her creative talent, her business acumen and her … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   A Baron Gets the Boot — Part Three

Last week, I left Ferdinand, Baron de Géramb, once again on board ship, this one sailing from the English port of Dover, bound for Denmark. He had so annoyed the British authorities that they had used the Aliens Act of … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   A Baron Gets the Boot — Part Two

Last week, I began the curious tale of the largely unknown, but quite fascinating, nineteenth-century Slovakian aristocrat and adventurer, Ferdinand, Baron de Géramb. When we left him last week, he had sailed aboard an English frigate out of the Spanish … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   A Baron Gets the Boot — Part One

Two hundred years ago this month, a mustachioed and eccentric Slovakian Baron was ordered out of England under the so-called Aliens Act. Already having had a number of adventures on the Continent, in less than two years, Baron Ferdinand de … Continue reading

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Walsh Porter:   Prinny’s Artistic Advisor

Though he passed away barely a year and a half before the Regency began, the bon viveur, Walsh Porter, had a significant impact on the artistic taste of his friend, the Prince of Wales, who was soon to become Regent. … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jane!

The Jane to whom I offer my birthday wishes today is, of course, Jane Austen, whose six much beloved novels were all published during the Regency. Today is the 236th anniversary of her birthday and I would like to mark … Continue reading

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The Passing of a Princess — The Regency Trigger

This past March, I wrote about the upcoming bicentennial of the English Regency, and how I plan to mark the various two-hundredth anniversaries of significant events from my favorite period of history. The anniversary of the first of those significant … Continue reading

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Lord Petersham — Brown in the Regency — Part Three

In Part Two of my biographical sketch of the charmingly eccentric Lord Petersham, last week I gave an account of the Viscount’s life on the town in Regency London and his various extensive collections of walking-sticks, tea, snuff and snuff-boxes. … Continue reading

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Lord Petersham — Brown in the Regency — Part Two

Last week, in Part One of my biographical sketch of the eccentric Regency dandy, Viscount Petersham, I recounted the story of his life from his salad days through his career in the army, to his entrance onto the scene of … Continue reading

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Lord Petersham — Brown in the Regency — Part One

A gentleman who was standing beside Colonel Wyndham in the middle of the saloon had been looking at Miss Taverner in a dreamy, unconcerned way, but when he saw her take out her snuff-box a look of interest came into … Continue reading

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Madmen of Letters

Or perhaps more precisely, Madmen of Words. If you like to read, you probably like words. I love words, all kinds of words. But I care very much that they are used correctly. When one is writing, the best way … Continue reading

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Lord Byron, the Father of Computer Programming?

Truth or fiction? Essentially, true. Though mathematics confounded him and he was by no stretch of the imagination a computer programmer himself, Lord Byron was the father of the very first computer programmer, his daughter, Augusta Ada Byron. Impossible?   … Continue reading

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