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Regency Bicentennial:   Mount Tambora Erupts

Two hundred years ago, today, began the single most violent and explosive volcanic eruption ever to occur on this planet in recorded history. Though this volcano erupted halfway around the world from Great Britain, and few there were aware of … Continue reading

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The Return of Corporal Violet

To mark the release of the print edition of my debut Regency romance, Deflowering Daisy, I want to expand on the details of one of the flower history snippets which appears in the story. This particular snippet involved the hero’s … Continue reading

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The Holy Herb:   Tobacco as Medicine

Though no one but a botanical scholar or historian would credit it today, tobacco was first imported from the New World to the Old World as a medicinal plant. It was still held to have those properties for certain uses … Continue reading

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Before the Call Number:   The Pressmark

Scholars working in libraries during the Regency would not have been able to locate the books they were seeking using a card catalog or a call number, since neither had been invented at that time. However, as the number of … Continue reading

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1814:   The Year in Review

The year 1814 was one of the most eventful of the Regency period. There was great rejoicing when it was believed the war with Napoleon was over, while Princess Charlotte won her own small battle with her father. There were … Continue reading

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Fact or Fiction:   Boney’s Feline Phobia

Was Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, and the man who, for a time, controlled nearly all of Europe, really afraid of cats? There are several sites on the web which will tell you that he was terrified of them. There … Continue reading

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The Tooth Mouse — Regency Tooth Fairy

Or Tooth Rat, or even Tooth Squirrel.     Depending upon where you lived. Should a child loose one of their baby teeth during the Regency, there was as yet no tooth fairy to whisk it from under their pillow during … Continue reading

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