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Regency Bicentennial:   The Death of Queen Charlotte

Tomorrow marks the two-hundredth anniversary of the passing of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III and mother of the Prince Regent. She had been ill for several months prior to her death and had hoped to retire to Windsor … Continue reading

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After "Cotton" Was Wool

Though cotton has been woven into textiles in some parts of the world since ancient times, it was just coming into its own in Regency England. By that time, new inventions had made it possible to mechanize many of the … Continue reading

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The Country House Library by Mark Purcell

This book was a birthday gift from a friend, and I can say without doubt that it was the very best gift I received this year. I love books, I love libraries and I love country houses. How could I … Continue reading

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Of Corpse Roads and Corpse Lights

With the approach of Halloween, it seems a most propitious time to discuss an ancient set of British superstitions which relate to apparitions and phantoms associated with death and the dead. Corpse lights were most often seen along corpse roads, … Continue reading

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Of Tapping the Admiral And Sucking the Monkey

Both of these slang phrases had naval origins, and, perhaps not surprisingly, both were Regency slang for the illicit enjoyment of spiritous beverages, both at sea and on shore. To be more specific, the enjoyment of spiritous beverages which were … Continue reading

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Chiswick House

Too small to live in, too big to hang on a watch. Such was the characterization of Chiswick House offered by one Georgian wag, the famous, or infamous, Lord Hervey, soon after it was completed, in 1729. Though Chiswick House … Continue reading

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Compendiums:   When Egg Cups Met Toast Racks

Both of these useful table service pieces had been introduced in England long before the Regency. However, it was in our favorite decade that the two were combined to create an even more convenient breakfast serving dish. Made in a … Continue reading

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