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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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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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A Treatise on Carriages by William Felton

In the course of some recent research, I came across a particularly useful book, first published in the late eighteenth century, which I suspect nearly every Regency author will want to add to their research library. The book was written … Continue reading

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1815:   The Year in Review

The middle year of the Regency, 1815, saw a number of significant events, perhaps the most important of all, the final end of Napoleon Bonaparte’s power in France. This same year saw one of the most devastating natural disasters in … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Robert Adams — Found, then Lost

Two hundred years ago this month, an American man, who had been found that fall begging in the streets of London, boarded a ship bound for America, and promptly disappeared from history. Yet, he left behind him a most remarkable … 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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Regency Bicentennial:   "An Ass of the Eighteenth Century"

Two hundred years ago, Jemmy, who called himself "An Ass of the Eighteenth Century" made his debut in the children’s book, The Adventures of a Donkey. Jemmy’s "autobiography" predated that of Black Beauty by more than sixty years. In fact, … Continue reading

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