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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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Long Before The Six Napoleons

Those of you who enjoy the Sherlock Holmes mysteries may well be familiar with The Adventure of the Six Napoleons, a story about a half-dozen plaster busts of Bonaparte, set in late Victorian London. But Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was … Continue reading

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Feathers in Regency Fashion

During the Regency, feathers were often used as fashionable adornments, just as they had been for millenia. But unlike the feather wearers of previous centuries, by the Regency, it was almost only women who arrayed themselves in feathers. Rather ironic, … Continue reading

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Needlework Patterns in the Era of Jane Austen

Recently, I was given a book by a friend who is well aware of my dual interests in needlework and the Regency. The book is Needlework Patterns in the Era of Jane Austen, by Jody Gayle. I was completely unaware … 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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Prinny’s Taylor by Charles Bazalgette

Or to give this new history its full title, Prinny’s Taylor:   The Life and Times of Louis Bazalgette (1750 – 1830). As is probably obvious from the fact that the subject of this book and the author share a … Continue reading

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Merino:   The Silk of Wool

Today, the finest wool there is is that from Merino sheep. Such had been the case from the late Middle Ages right into the Regency. But for centuries, that particular breed of sheep was closely held in Spain and could … Continue reading

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