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The Lighthouse Girls:   An Army of Two

"Once upon a time, two young women saved their town from an attack by the British Navy."   Sounds like the first line of a fairy tale, doesn’t it? But in fact, this event actually took place, and during the … Continue reading

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How Prevailing Winds Made Mayfair

During the Regency, the Mayfair area was the most exclusive and fashionable residential district in the city of London. The majority of the wealthiest and most socially prominent members of society had town homes in that area. In addition, some … Continue reading

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Western Muslims and Turn-Turks

Something which many people may not realize is that there were a number of westerners, mostly men, living freely in the Middle East as Muslims during the Regency. Though the majority of westerners in the areas of the Levant and … Continue reading

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1815:   The Year in Review

The middle year of the Regency, 1815, saw a number of significant events, perhaps the most important of all, the final end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s power in France. This same year saw one of the most devastating natural disasters in … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Robert Adams — Found, then Lost

Two hundred years ago this month, an American man, who had been found that fall begging in the streets of London, boarded a ship bound for America, and promptly disappeared from history. Yet, he left behind him a most remarkable … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Waterloo Stuff

Today, one might find important current events memorialized on a T-shirt, a mug, a poster or a mouse pad. Though none of those items existed two centuries ago, there were still plenty of objects that could be pressed into service … Continue reading

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The Regency Way of Death:   Funeral Mutes

During the Regency, as had been the case for over two centuries, most upscale funerals were comprised of a number of attendants, including "mutes." Like the majority of funeral attendants at this time, these mutes were provided by the undertaker … Continue reading

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