Category Archives: People

Biographical Sketches of Regency Denizens

The Bruntons:   A Theatrical Family

Most aficionados of the Regency are familiar with at least some of the leading actors and actresses of that era, but they were only the major stars. However, a play could not be put on with only the stars. There … Continue reading

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Vincent Novello:   Annoyer of Organists

And a key member of the "Sebastian Squad." Very few people today are aware of Vincent Novello, despite the fact that the company he founded, in the first year of the Regency, is still in business today. Novello was an … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Pointless Loss of Ned Pakenham

Two hundred years ago, yesterday, what was to be the last major battle of the War of 1812 ended with the deaths of nearly three hundred British troops, two of them generals. One of those generals, Major-General Edward Pakenham, was … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial: Byron Is Leg-Shackled

Today marks the 200th anniversary of the wedding of Miss Anna Isabella Milbanke and George Gordon, Lord Byron. Sadly, though we can still mark this anniversary today, the participants themselves did not even celebrate their first anniversary. The couple had … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Last Days of the "Woman Clothed With the Sun"

Two hundred years ago, this month, a woman who had claimed she would give birth to the second Messiah a few weeks before was said to be lying in a trance. Before the end of the month, she would be … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Sir John Lade Liberated

Though the exact date is unknown, it was two centuries ago, in 1814, that the infamous and notorious Sir John Lade was released from debtor’s prison, where he had spent several months. Though he had been heir to an enormous … Continue reading

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The Remarkable Mrs. Coade

Last week, I wrote about the exceptional artificial stone created by Mrs. Eleanor Coade, which she sold at her manufactory in Lambeth. But Eleanor Coade herself was a remarkable woman, who, with her creative talent, her business acumen and her … Continue reading

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