Category: Regency Life

Yorkshire Chrismtas Pie

I have often said the more things change the more they stay the same. Perusing period cookbooks brings this to mind all the time. Between just finishing up to Christmas novella, where the Christmas feast features prominently and getting ready for Thanksgiving ourselves, I’ve had my nose in a number of cookbooks, both historical and …

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Ape Leaders: Spinsters of the Regency Era

Regency society organized itself around marriage and family. Adults were identified by their place, or lack thereof, in a married, family unit. Married women were ranked higher and more respected than the unmarried spinsters.   The plight of the regency spinsters is fairly well documented. The local tax or judicial records says it all. Women were …

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The Dawn of Aviation ~ Hot-Air Balloons by Heather King

  I’d like to welcome Heather King today as she related her most recent trip down the research rabbit hole. Who knew one could find hot air balloons down there!   When I start a new novel or even a blog post, I am prone to falling down research rabbit holes in the pursuit of …

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Christmas as Jane Austen Knew It

 Many Christmas traditions and images of ‘old fashioned’ holidays are based on Victorian celebrations. Going back just a little further, to the beginning of the 19th century, the holiday Jane Austen knew would have looked distinctly odd to modern sensibilities. What would have been odd about them? Families rarely decorated Christmas trees. Festivities centered on …

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Marriage Annulments in Jane Austen’s World

Marriage was a serious business in the regency. Divorce was nearly impossible to obtain, but what about annulments? What happened if a young person ‘married in haste’ but then repented of his or her decision? Annulment, when possible, was the best option to end a marriage since it did not carry the social stigma of a …

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