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Of Bilbo-catch and Bilbo Catchers

      ". . . just a family party, for those who don’t care a straw for fashionable squeezes, but like to spend a cozy evening playing Jackstraws, or Bilbo-catch, or Speculation — . . . " Chapter 12 of Frederica … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Waterloo Stuff

Today, one might find important current events memorialized on a T-shirt, a mug, a poster or a mouse pad. Though none of those items existed two centuries ago, there were still plenty of objects that could be pressed into service … Continue reading

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Halloween in Cornwall:   Allantide and Allan Apples

Though All Hallows’ Eve, the night before All Hallows’ or All Saints’ Day, has been associated with the Christian calendar for millenia, it has its ancient roots in the pagan celebrations of autumn and harvest-time. Such celebrations were common to … Continue reading

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Backgammon in England During the Regency

Backgammon is a board or "table" game which has roots going back to ancient times. In fact, most scholars believe it even pre-dates chess, and is the oldest known board game. The game was certainly known in England during the … Continue reading

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Draughts or Checkers — A Brief History

Checkers, or Draughts, are two different names for the same board game. One is more commonly used in England, while the other is most common in America. Curiously, in this case, it is the former colonies of England which uses … Continue reading

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Quill-Work or Quilling?

This delicate craft had been known for more than five hundred years when it became popular once again in the late eighteenth century. A popularlity which continued right through the Regency, especially among gently-bred ladies of the upper and middle … Continue reading

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Halloween in the Regency

Or not.   In fact, it depended upon the part of the British Isles in which one lived whether, or how, that particular holy day eve was recognized and/or celebrated. Halloween has ancient roots as a pagan new year and … Continue reading

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