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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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A Regency Bicentennial:   Prinny and the Head of Charles I

At about two o’clock in the afternoon, on Tuesday, 30 January 1649, King Charles I stepped through the northern-most second-storey window of the Banqueting House in Whitehall, from which the window frame had been removed, onto a scaffold which had … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   Pride and Prejudice Published

This coming Monday, 28 January 2013, marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the best-loved novels of all time, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Most scholars believe that the original version of Pride and Prejudice was … Continue reading

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Cary’s London Map of 1818

Recently, I came across a wonderful Regency resource in a most unexpected place. It is an online copy of John Cary’s 1818 map of the London metropolitan era. Remarkably, it is hosted on the web site of the UCLA School … Continue reading

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1812:   The Year in Review

This year marks the bicentennial of the second year of the English Regency. It was a momentous year for both the Regent and the country over which he ruled for his ailing father, King George III. Though there were some … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial:   The Francillon Memo

Two hundred years ago, this coming Wednesday, a London jeweller signed and dated a memo which included a hand-colored drawing and a description he had just completed of a large blue diamond never before seen in England, certainly not publicly. … Continue reading

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A Regency Bicentennial: Wellington Whoops with Delight and Turns the French Tide

This coming Sunday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the decisive battle in the Peninsula by which was broken the iron grip that Napoleon had held on Spain. Known as the Battle of Salamanca, though it did not completely rout the … Continue reading

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