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Regency Bicentennial: Queen Charlotte Officially Welcomes Wellington

Two hundred years ago, tomorrow, Field Marshal, His Grace the Duke of Wellington, was formally welcomed back to Great Britain by Queen Charlotte, at her London home, Buckingham House. With Napoleon safely in exile on the island of Elba, and … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Cricket Match at Lord’s “New” Ground

This Sunday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the first cricket match played at Lord’s brand new cricket ground in St. John’s Wood. However, this was not the first cricket ground established by Thomas Lord, or even the second. It was, … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Princess Charlotte First Sets Eyes on Prince Leopold

Exactly two hundred years and one day ago, Princess Charlotte saw Prince Leopold for the first time. They were not introduced, in fact they did not even speak to one another. Perhaps it was just as well. That evening, Charlotte … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Cochrane’s Trial for the Stock Exchange Fraud

Two hundred years ago, this Sunday, the dashing and daring Royal Navy flag captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane, the real-life model for both Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, went on trial. He was accused of conspiracy in the Great Stock Exchange … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The First English Edition of The Swiss Family Robinson

Though the exact date is not known, an English translation of one version of the book which would eventually come to be known as The Swiss Family Robinson, was first published in London in 1814. And thus, came full circle … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Running of the 1000 Guineas Stakes

Two hundred years ago, this coming Monday, the first running of the 1000 Guineas Stakes took place on the Newmarket racecourse. This race was the last of the five Classic English flat races to be established, all of which are … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   When Napoleon Made Wellington Dance the Flamenco

Two hundred years ago, yesterday, General, the Marquess of Wellington, led his troops into a battle which all his military knowledge and experience demanded he fight. That same knowledge warned him victory would be hard-won, if it came at all. … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Last Frost Fair — Part Two

Last week, I wrote about the beginning of 1814 Frost Fair, which lasted four days. Two centuries ago, this past Wednesday, the last Frost Fair to be held on the River Thames in London had come to an end. Temperatures … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Last Frost Fair — Part One

Tomorrow marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the last Frost Fair to be held on the River Thames in London. The lower section of the Thames had frozen solid many times since the Middle Ages, and there are … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Edmund Kean Makes His Debut in London

Two hundred years ago this Sunday, the legendary actor, Edmund Kean, made his debut on the London stage in his first adult role. Though he was a great success and his performance made him an instant celebrity, as well as … Continue reading

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1813:   The Year in Review

And the great fog. (More of this anon.) The end of yet another year is upon us, and two hundred years ago, so too was the end of the third year of the English Regency. The year 1813 saw an … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   Wellington’s Victory

This particular "victory" was not actually a military exercise, nor was it led by General the Marquess of Wellington, though it was inspired by his actions. This "Wellington’s Victory," also known as "The Battle Symphony," was written by Ludwig von … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Puffing Billy Hits the Rails

Though the exact date is unknown, two hundred years ago, the oldest extant steam locomotive had been completed and was undergoing its first tests. There had been other steam locomotives built in England before Puffing Billy, but none of them … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   … Your Fat Friend?

There is more than one version of the story in which Beau Brummell deliberately insulted the Prince Regent, even different versions of the actual question and of whom he asked it. There are also discrepancies about when and where it … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Bagging Bonaparte’s Baggage

Last week was discussed the Battle of Vitoria, by which Wellington and his allied forces defeated the French army, officially under the command of Joseph Bonaparte, Napoleon’s elder brother. Though Joseph Bonaparte was not much of a military commander, he … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The "Scum of the Earth" Enrages Wellington

Today marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Vitoria, during which General the Marquess of Wellington led his troops to victory over the forces of Napoleon’s eldest brother, Joseph Bonaparte, puppet King of Spain. Wellington’s victory destroyed Napoleonic control … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   Byron Hides Authorship of The Waltz

This coming Sunday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the writing of a letter by Lord Byron in which he directed his publisher to deny any claims that he was the author of a satirical poem entitled The Waltz. Byron … Continue reading

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