Monthly Archives: August 2015

Rural Residences by John B. Papworth

Quite serendipitously, I discovered that the original edition of one of my favorite books on Regency architecture was uploaded to the Internet Archive just last week. I first encountered this delightful little book when I was conducting research for my … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Printing of Beowulf

How many of us read the epic Old English poem, Beowulf (in translation, of course), when we were in high school or college? If, like me, you found it rather slow going, you now have yet another reason to wish … Continue reading

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Vincent Novello:   Annoyer of Organists

And a key member of the "Sebastian Squad." Very few people today are aware of Vincent Novello, despite the fact that the company he founded, in the first year of the Regency, is still in business today. Novello was an … Continue reading

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Backgammon in England During the Regency

Backgammon is a board or "table" game which has roots going back to ancient times. In fact, most scholars believe it even pre-dates chess, and is the oldest known board game. The game was certainly known in England during the … Continue reading

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