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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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Regency Bicentennial:   Belzoni Sets Off to Find the Ruins of Berenike

Two hundred years ago, this Sunday, the one-time circus performer turned archaeologist, Giovanni Belzoni, set off to seek the real ruins of the Ancient Egyptian port city of Berenike, or, as it is more commonly known today, Berenice. An important … Continue reading

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Birthdays vs. Name Days During the Regency

Two hundred years ago, today, the Prince Regent drove out from Kew Palace to Richmond Hill. It was two days before his birthday, but more than three months since his name day. Though his name day was particularly important to … Continue reading

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Creating Paradise by Richard Wilson and Alan Mackley

Yet another delightfully serendipitous find at my local library. And yet another reason to be grateful that libraries, with real books on their shelves, still exist in this increasingly digital world. Thought this is not the sort of book I … Continue reading

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The Parachute Through the Regency

Certainly, our Regency ancestors did not enjoy the sport of skydiving. However, a functional parachute had been invented some years before the Prince of Wales became Regent. In fact, a woman had made a successful parachute jump in the last … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Stothards and the Bayeux Tapestry

Two hundred years ago, this week, Charles Stothard was making plans for his third trip to France, at the direction of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries. He would travel to the French town of Bayeux in order to … Continue reading

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