King George III gave his eldest son, George, Prince of Wales, Carlton House as his London residence when the young man attained his majority. From that day, until it was finally and completely demolished, it was an almost constant drain on the resources of the nation. This was because the Prince continually and repeatedly renovated, remodeled and redecorated his London mansion and its surrounding grounds for the duration of his residence there. Despite the ongoing changes at Carlton House, it was also the scene of many important events throughout the Regency period. Not to mention, it also gave its name to those in the Prince’s inner circle, who became known as the "Carlton House set." Authors may find that it would make a rather sumptuous setting for scenes in stories of romance set during our favorite period.
Carlton House though the Regency years . . .
Nearly every Regency romance author, or, as a matter of fact, any Regency romance reader, may want to have a copy of The London Encyclopedia in their library. This large, single volume book is one of the most concise, and perhaps the richest source, on literally thousands of aspects of the history of the British capital city. London is an ancient city, as there is ample evidence that there were human settlements in the area even in prehistoric times. There is no doubt it was a thriving metropolis by the turn of the nineteenth century, and right through the Regency. It has long been a popular setting for romances set in our favorite decade. The London Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of information on many wonderful and fascinating places in the city.
Some of the more useful aspects of The London Encyclopedia . . .
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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 many upscale shops selling luxury goods were frequented at one time or another by the majority of the affluent residents of the city, both ladies and gentlemen. Authors of Regency romances might find that this new shopping venue will make an ideal setting for one or more scenes in a story of love in our favorite decade.
A brief history of the Burlington Arcade . . .
Some of you may remember that last spring, the reception for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was held at Frogmore House, which is situated within the grounds of the Home Park at Windsor Castle. It is generally speculated that Frogmore House will become the home of the Duke of Edinburgh, if Queen Elizabeth II should shuffle off this mortal coil before him. Which, you are saying to yourself, is not history, it is not even news, it is just speculation. And so it is, but it echoes the history of Frogmore during the Regency, when Frogmore House was the favorite residence of poor mad King George III’s long-suffering spouse, Queen Charlotte, and her unmarried daughters.
A brief history of the Frogmore Estate and its inhabitants during the Regency …
Though small decorative wooden objects had been made in the Tonbridge area for well over a century before the Regency, the style of that art form was just entering a period of transition during our favorite decade. For that reason, what is now considered to be the quintessential type of Tunbridge ware was not actually made there in large numbers until the middle of the nineteenth century. Regency authors who wish to gift one or more of their fictional characters with these charming toys will want to be sure they give them the right type of Tunbridge ware objects.
Tunbridge ware through the Regency . . .
This curiously charming book was a pleasantly serendipitous discovery while I was researching a completely different topic. However, Brighton is one of my favorite settings for a Regency romance, perhaps because it was an important setting for the very first Regency romance novel ever written, Regency Buck, by Georgette Heyer. Therefore, I could not resist reading through this book on the history of that city. Having done so, I suspect that many Regency authors and aficionados will be very happy to add this chatty tome on the early days of Brighton to their research library.
Peeping into Brighton’s past . . .
Today, the fairy tales which are published as having been collected by the Brothers Grimm are thought to be quite suitable for everyone. However, the original versions of most of those tales were highly criticized as being very inappropriate for children. The Grimm brothers took those criticism to heart. In 1819, they began to edit their stories, not only so that they would be more appropriate for children, but also to protect the image of motherhood.
Some of the changes the Grimm brothers made to their fairy tales . . .