Regency Bicentennial:   The Royal Cockpit Looses Its Lease

Two centuries ago, the Royal Cockpit on Birdcage Walk, in London, which had been established by King Charles II, lost the lease for the ground on which the building stood. By the end of the year, the building had been demolished. With the exception of one set of steps, that is. Those steps survive on that very same site in London, to this day.

The rise and demise of the Royal Cockpit in London . . .

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Syllabub:   The Head Wins

It has been so terribly hot and humid here in Boston for the past few weeks that I have found myself longing for things that are cool and creamy, even for the topic of a blog article. And so, I hit upon the idea of writing about the syllabub, a cool and creamy dessert which was still enjoyed during the Regency. During the course of my research I discovered that this dessert has a long history, and even hides a curious myth within its lore.

Syllabubs in England through the Regency . . .

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Regency Bicentennial:   The British Museum Discovers Britain

Well, it was not exactly the country that the officials of the British Museum discovered. They had always known where it was. But for more than half a century, they had mostly ignored its stuff. The British Museum was founded in the mid-eighteenth century, just as Britain was embarking on a long period of world exploration. Much of the material which was acquired during those expeditions made its way to the British Museum. And so it was that for more than fifty years, familiarity was breeding contempt within the walls of Montague House when it came to the objects representing the natural history of Britain in the national musuem.

When the natural history of the British Isles caught the attention of the British Museum . . .

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Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770 — 1840 by Jane Moody

This book came to my attention recently, in a footnote, while doing research on a completely different topic. But I am now most grateful to have discovered it, since it is very well-written and filled with fascinating details about the theatre in London during our favorite decade. I have learned so much about the world of both the illegitimate and the legitimate London theatre from this book that I simply had to let my fellow Regency authors know about it.

Some of the things I learned from Illegitimate Theatre in London, 1770 — 1840 . . .

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Lady Drury’s Closet

Lady Drury’s "closet" was indeed a small room, but unlike the closets we know today, it was not used for storing clothing or any other unneeded objects out of sight. Instead, it was a place for this noble and learned lady to store her thoughts, ideas and philosophies in a most unique way. Though this small, remarkable room was created more than two centuries before the Regency began, it was still in place, in Lady Drury’s former country home, during our favorite decade. Perhaps it would make the ideal setting for a special scene or two in a Regency romance?

Lady Drury’s Closet through the Regency . . .

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The Lighthouse Girls:   An Army of Two

"Once upon a time, two young women saved their town from an attack by the British Navy."   Sounds like the first line of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? But in fact, this event actually took place, and during the Regency, as it happens. Once I learned of the incredible, but true, exploits of these two young ladies, it occurred to me that any or all of the facts related to the event might provide inspiration for a Regency author writing a story set along any coastal area during our favorite period.

How two clever and brave young women used the power of sound to save their town . . .

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Screw Medallions for Ladies

Really?!   Do get your mind out of the gutter!   Though these lovely little objects do have their secrets, they are not at all what you think they are! And once you know more about them, you may well want one of your very own. Sadly, they are quite scarce and very rare today, thus making them almost impossible to find. However, Dear Regency Authors, in the pages of an upcoming Regency romance, you can provide any of your fictional characters with one or more of these charming medallions. Of course, if you insist, they can be given quite a naughty purpose, instead of a purely patriotic one.

Screw medallions in the Regency . . .

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