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Tales from the Regency Grapevine

The Nineteen-Year Duel

Yet again, truth proves itself so much stranger than fiction. There ended, during our favorite period, a duel between two Frenchmen which had been fought, in installments, for a period of nineteen years. It began, with swords, when both men … Continue reading

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Zoffany’s Painting of the Royal Academicians

This painting is considered by many to be one of Zoffany’s outstanding paintings and a tour de force. Though it was completed in 1772, and the artist passed away in 1810, this fascinating group portrait was the property of the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Cleopatra’s Emerald Mine Rediscovered in Egypt

This coming Wednesday marks the two hundredth anniversary of the rediscovery of an ancient emerald mine in Egypt which is believed to have supplied emeralds to the legendary Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. This mine was completely abandoned in the early Middle … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Passing of Jane Austen

This coming Tuesday, 18 July 2017, will be the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Certainly not something to be celebrated, but it should be noted by all of those who love the Regency and/or Miss Austen’s delightful … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The "Debut" of Princess Caraboo

Without doubt, the appearance of this "princess" clearly shows that truth can indeed be stranger than fiction. Two hundred years ago, this coming Monday, a discombobulated young woman was found wandering the streets of a rural village in southwestern England. … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Grand Banquet at the Brighton Pavilion

Two hundred years ago, this month, at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, the great French chef, Antonin Carême, devised one of the grandest banquets of all time. This meal was so extraordinary that it has gone down in history as … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane’s House:   A Slice of Regency London

In fact, this historic house museum in the heart of London is closer to its Regency appearance than it has been for more than a century. Over the course of the past seven years, a major renovation has been conducted … Continue reading

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