Category Archive: Regency Life

Feb 07 2017

Marriage and Coverture in Jane Austen’s World

It’s hard to believe how different women’s lives were in Austen’s day. Marriage and coverture, a legal concept, effectively took away her personhood. The Concept of Coverture In 1765, William Blackstone presented a common man’s language interpretation of English law. He explained the law’s approach to women’s legal existence and rights in marriage which remained largely unchanged until the …

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Feb 04 2017

A Touch of Consumption by Kyra Cornelius Kramer

I’d like to welcome Kyra Kramer today as she shares a fascinating article on consumption–known today as tuberculosis–during the regency era. Medical anthropology is the study of how culture frames health, illness, and medicine. Since cultures change over time, you can also look at medical anthropology from a historical perspective. For example, the way British …

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Jan 10 2017

By the Book: Mr. Collins’ Proposal

Was Mr. Collins’ proposal as outrageous as modern readers believe? Congratulations to RMORREL winner of the paperback set. Once a gentleman survived the rigors of a courtship and wished to propose—and it was only the gentleman who could extend an offer of marriage—he had the dubious advantage of having very clear procedures to follow. He did …

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Dec 12 2016

Christmas fun: Old Fashioned Parlor Games

What to do with company that comes for Christmas? What about some old fashioned parlor games? I love the holiday season, especially because it means I can have friends and family over. Occasionally, boredom can strike though and I find myself scrambling for something fun to do. With long winter nights with only candlelight to …

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Nov 21 2016

Guest post: Canada’s Troubled Road to Democracy

I am delighted to host Elaine Cougler today, talking about Canada’s troubled road to democracy. In our modern world, Canada is known far and wide as a democracy and, dare I say it (I’m Canadian), a dream of a country to live in. Modeled after the British parliamentary system with a figurehead monarch providing much …

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