Category Archives: Entertainments

Aspects of Entertainments Enjoyed During the Regency

Regency Bicentennial:  Gaslight Makes Its Debut on the London Stage

This coming Sunday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the first instance in which gaslight was used to light the stage of one of London’s legitimate theatres. A non-patent theatre had been fully lit with gas, including its stage, the year … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   "Russian Mountains" Come to Paris

Those of you who speak French, or any one of several other Romance languages spoken in Europe, may have already guessed the topic of this article, since the term "Russian mountains" is still used to refer to this thrilling form … Continue reading

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Of Bilbo-catch and Bilbo Catchers

      ". . . just a family party, for those who don’t care a straw for fashionable squeezes, but like to spend a cozy evening playing Jackstraws, or Bilbo-catch, or Speculation — . . . " Chapter 12 of Frederica … 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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Before the Paperback:   Charles Whittingham & The Chiswick Press

The paperback book as we know it today came into common use during the twentieth century. However, there was a forward-thinking publisher who established his own press during the Regency which produced inexpensive editions of books which were considered classics … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Dog Follows the Cat of Sentiment

It was just two centuries ago that the children’s book, Cato, or Interesting Adventures of A Dog of Sentiment was published in London. And "Cato" the dog followed "Felissa," who happened to have been a "Kitten of Sentiment." Both books … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The British Museum Discovers Britain

Well, it was not exactly the country that the officials of the British Museum discovered. They had always known where it was. But for more than half a century, they had mostly ignored its stuff. The British Museum was founded … Continue reading

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