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Of Corpse Roads and Corpse Lights

With the approach of Halloween, it seems a most propitious time to discuss an ancient set of British superstitions which relate to apparitions and phantoms associated with death and the dead. Corpse lights were most often seen along corpse roads, … Continue reading

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Of Tapping the Admiral And Sucking the Monkey

Both of these slang phrases had naval origins, and, perhaps not surprisingly, both were Regency slang for the illicit enjoyment of spiritous beverages, both at sea and on shore. To be more specific, the enjoyment of spiritous beverages which were … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Successful Blood Transfusion Using Human Blood

Two hundred years ago, this coming Tuesday, a doctor in London performed the first successful blood transfusion, using human blood. Strange as it may seem, for centuries before, many physicians felt blood was blood and a number of blood transfusions … Continue reading

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Birthdays vs. Name Days During the Regency

Two hundred years ago, today, the Prince Regent drove out from Kew Palace to Richmond Hill. It was two days before his birthday, but more than three months since his name day. Though his name day was particularly important to … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Stothards and the Bayeux Tapestry

Two hundred years ago, this week, Charles Stothard was making plans for his third trip to France, at the direction of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries. He would travel to the French town of Bayeux in order to … 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 Bicentennial:   Venus Occults Jupiter

This very rare astronomical event occurred two hundred years ago, this week. However, the fact is, during the Regency, this event was "occult" in more ways than one. Very few of our Regency ancestors would have seen it, those that … Continue reading

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