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 Evolution of the Clerk of Works

The Clerk of Works was an important position on most construction sites in Regency England, just as it had begun to be in the Middle Ages. But like so many things in this transitional decade at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Prince Regent Dissolves Parliament

This coming Sunday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the dissolution of the Fifth Imperial Parliament. This was only the second dissolution of Parliament during the Regency and it would be the last during the life of King George III. … Continue reading

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Of Fausses Montres, or Dummy Watches

Curious as it may seem, there was a fashion in England for wearing fake or dummy watches which began in the late eighteenth century and that fashion contined into the latter half of the nineteenth century. There were quite a … Continue reading

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Carshalton:   Commercial and Industrial

Last week, I wrote about the rural delights of the countryside around Carshalton village during the Regency. This week, the focus will be on the village itself, and the various commercial and industrial activities which were ongoing in the surrounding … Continue reading

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Carshalton:   Rural and Picturesque

Today, Carshalton is a charming suburb of London, but during the Regency, it was a small, partially commercial village about ten miles south-west of the metropolis. Early nineteenth-century Carshalton offers many options for a Regency author in need of a … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Opening Night at the Royal Coburg Theatre

Two hundred years ago, today, a new theatre opened in the Lambeth area of London. Though it is known as the "Old Vic" today, it was originally named after the beloved young Princess of Wales, who, along with her new … Continue reading

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Before Vanilla:   Rose Water in the Regency

Some time ago, I wrote an article about the uses and applications of orange flower water during the Regency. It was one of the most popular ingredients used in cooking, medicines and perfumes in that decade, second only to rose … Continue reading

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