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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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1817:   The Year in Review

The year 1817 saw a multitude of changes in the world of our Regency ancestors. Sadly, two of the most notable women of the era passed away. That same year saw the appearance of a strange woman who took in … Continue reading

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Napoleonic Prisoner of War Crafts

Before you reject the prospect out of hand, Dear Regency Authors, you might find that one of these unique objects could make an interesting prop for an upcoming tale of romance. Many prisoners of war held in England from the … Continue reading

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Coppicing and Pollarding

Coppicing and pollarding are essentially two different methods of pruning trees and large shrubs, both of which have been practiced across Europe for millenia. And both were practiced regularly in Regency Britain, though for slightly different purposes. Most people who … Continue reading

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