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Regency Bicentennial:   Britain Acquires the Elgin Marbles

Two hundred years ago today, an order was issued, by the authority of the British Parliament, to procure a warrant from the Prince Regent for the payment of £35,000. This sum was to be paid to Lord Elgin, for the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Horror at Villa Diodati

"It was a dark and stormy night . . . "   Is that not the quintessential opening line of a horror story? But in this case, it had been a dark and stormy summer, for two hundred years ago, … Continue reading

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Henrietta Street, Just Off Covent Garden

Anyone familiar with the life of Jane Austen will know that when she came to London in 1814, she stayed with her brother, Henry, in Henrietta Street. It was a very convenient location in Regency London, since it was situated … 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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Regency Bicentennial:   Enclosure of Finchley Common

During most of the Regency, Finchley Common was exactly that, common land on which local inhabitants had the right to graze their animals and gather fuel for their fires. For more than a century, it was also notorious as the … Continue reading

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