Author Archives: Kathryn Kane

About Kathryn Kane

Historian with a particular interest the English Regency era.   An avid reader of novels set in that time, holding strong opinions on the historical accuracy to be found in said novels.

The Dandy Chargers — 2018 Riding Season

Those intrepid Dandy Chargers will embark on their eighteenth year of appearances in Regency dress, riding their Regency-era hobby horses. Those are the delightful vehicles which were also known as draisiennes, velocipedes, dandy horses and pedestrian curricles during our favorite … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Turk Returns to London

Two hundred years ago, a chess-playing automaton returned to London, where it was on exhibit for much of the year. This same automaton, widely known as "The Turk," had already been displayed in England, thirty-five years before. However, a few … Continue reading

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Robert Coates:   The Celebrated Philanthropic Amateur

Last week, I wrote about the early life of Robert Coates in the West Indies, his move to England, Bath to be specific, and his introduction to life in London. Over the course of his life in Britain, he acquired … Continue reading

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Robert Coates:   From “Diamond” to “Romeo”

Robert Coates was one of the most well-known and interesting eccentrics who lived in Regency England, so much so that he acquired a number of different nicknames over the course of his life, all of them related to those things … Continue reading

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Of Mirrors and Looking Glasses

Though it may seem incomprehensible to most of us today, until the mid-nineteenth century, only a small percentage of people ever saw the reflection of their entire body in a looking glass. That was due to the fact that looking … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Earliest Easter

This coming Thursday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the earliest possible date for Easter Sunday in the Western Christian calendar in half a millenia. Easter will not fall that early in the year again for more than two hundred … Continue reading

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Regency Canned Foods

Though they were not as ubiquitous as they are today, some canned foods were available during the Regency, thanks, in part, to Napoleon Bonaparte. The French General did not invent the process himself, but it is due to him that … Continue reading

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