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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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Regency Bicentennial:   First Printing of Beowulf

How many of us read the epic Old English poem, Beowulf (in translation, of course), when we were in high school or college? If, like me, you found it rather slow going, you now have yet another reason to wish … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   An Arm & A Leg — Part Two

Last week was discussed here the loss of Lord Fitzroy Somerset’s arm at the Battle of Waterloo. This week will be discussed the loss of Lord Uxbridge’s leg. Unlike Somerset’s amputated arm, which was given a decent, and permanent, burial … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   An Arm & A Leg — Part One

The arm belonged to Lord Fitzroy Somerset and the leg belonged to Henry Paget, Earl of Uxbridge. Both were lost at the Battle of Waterloo. The arm’s loss is believed to have resulted in a new sleeve design while the … Continue reading

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