Category Archives: People

Biographical Sketches of Regency Denizens

Regency Bicentennial:   Sir John Lade Liberated

Though the exact date is unknown, it was two centuries ago, in 1814, that the infamous and notorious Sir John Lade was released from debtor’s prison, where he had spent several months. Though he had been heir to an enormous … Continue reading

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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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