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.

Regency Bicentennial:   Cleopatra’s Emerald Mine Rediscovered in Egypt

This coming Wednesday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of an ancient emerald mine in Egypt which is believed to have supplied emeralds to the legendary Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. This mine was completely abandoned in the early Middle … Continue reading

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Hall and Entranceway Lanterns

As winter approaches and the days grow shorter, it seems an appropriate time to discuss an important lighting fixture in most upper- and middle-class Regency homes, the lantern which illuminated the main entrance hall to the house. Though such lanterns … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Death of Princess Charlotte

This coming Monday marks a sad Regency bicentennial, for Princess Charlotte died on that day in 1817. But this tragic event was not just the heartbreaking loss of a young mother and her child in childbirth, it was also the … Continue reading

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Silent Girls and a Dumb Cake

With the approach of Halloween, it seems only appropriate to share a superstitious tradition related to romance which was still observed by some women and girls during the Regency, often on that night. As with most superstitions, the specifics of … Continue reading

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Knucklebones:   From Oracles to Games

Though it may seem rather ghoulish to toy with knucklebones taken from the skeletons of various animals, people have actually done it for millenia. Many children, and even some adults, were still doing it during the Regency. And some of … Continue reading

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Dartmoor Prison Through the Regency

Today, HM Prison Dartmoor houses male convicts who have been tried, convicted and sentenced within the British judicial system. However, what many people do not realize is that Dartmoor Prison was not originally built as a convict prison. It was … Continue reading

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Sewing Needles Through the Regency

Several years ago, I published an article here about pins in the Regency. It seems to be time to give the needles of that era some attention. All sewing needles in the Regency were hand sewing needles, since there were, … Continue reading

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