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:   The Grand Banquet at the Brighton Pavilion

Two hundred years ago, this month, at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, the great French chef, Antonin Carême, devised one of the grandest banquets of all time. This meal was so extraordinary that it has gone down in history as … Continue reading

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Regency Rookeries

Avid readers of Regency romance novels may well have read a scene or two set in a "rookery," or, at the very least, found a reference to such a place in one or more stories. But what exactly was a … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   An Improved History and Description of the Tower of London

Last week, I wrote about the Horse Armoury at the Tower of London. However, there were several other attractions at the Tower of London during that time which might be of interest to a Regency author. And what could be … Continue reading

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The Horse Armoury at the Tower of London

Not long after its construction in the Middle Ages, the Tower of London became the principal official manufactory of armour for the Kings of England, and their trusty steeds. The armourers there continued to produce armour for several centuries. When … Continue reading

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1816:   The Year in Review

The year 1816 was the first full year of the Regency period in which the people of British Isles were able to enjoy peace. There were no ongoing conflicts in Europe, with Napoleon Bonaparte in his final exile on the … Continue reading

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Some Pudding Cloth Lore

Puddings, in their wonderfully various forms, were a uniquely English culinary invention, as was the cloth in which they eventually came to be cooked. In particular, by the Regency, most families enjoyed a Christmas pudding during their holiday meal, and … Continue reading

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A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo Devito

Two hundred years ago, today, Jane Austen was celebrating her forty-first birthday. Sadly, it would be the last birthday she would ever celebrate, since she would loose her battle with an unknown and debilitating illness the following summer. Though she … Continue reading

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