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Tales from the Regency Grapevine

The Naked Duel

This is one of those tales which falls into the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction category. Though, in the end, there is some suggestion that this duel did not come off, and it happened almost five years before the Regency began, it really did … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Burlington Arcade Opens

This coming Wednesday marks the bicentennial of the opening of the Burlington Arcade, in the Mayfair section of London. Though it opened in the last full year of the Regency, this elegant shopping area was popular from the outset. Its … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   First Performance of Stille Nacht

This coming Monday, Christmas Eve, marks the two hundredth anniversary of the very first performance one of the most beautiful and classic of all Christmas carols, known in English as Silent Night. That event was the result of a natural … Continue reading

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The Disposition of Queen Charlotte’s Property

Last week, I wrote about the death of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, as well as the mother of the Prince Regent and his royal siblings. Even before his mother had been laid to rest, the Prince … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Death of Queen Charlotte

Tomorrow marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the passing of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III and mother of the Prince Regent. She had been ill for several months prior to her death and had hoped to retire to Windsor … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Belzoni Sets Off to Find the Ruins of Berenike

Two hundred years ago, this Sunday, the one-time circus performer turned archaeologist, Giovanni Belzoni, set off to seek the real ruins of the Ancient Egyptian port city of Berenike, or, as it is more commonly known today, Berenice. An important … Continue reading

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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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Regency Bicentennial:   Prinny Takes the Arnolfinis on Spec

Not the actual couple, just their double portrait. Though at the time, of course, no one knew the name of the couple in this painting. Even so, it was certainly recognized as one of the finest paintings of the northern … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Dandy-Killer Strikes

Two hundred years ago, this coming Sunday, a man who came to be dubbed "the dandy-killer," spent the day at White’s gentlemen’s club, where he told everyone who would listen that Beau Brummell was deeply in debt and unable to … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Wedding of Charlotte & Leopold

This coming Monday marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the wedding of Princess Charlotte of Wales to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. Though there had been many obstacles in their path to wedded bliss, the young couple had persevered and finally made … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Byron Leaves England

Two hundred years ago, this coming Sunday, Lord Byron boarded a ship and sailed away from England for the Continent, leaving behind his wife and baby daughter. He would never see either of them, or England, ever again. It took … Continue reading

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