Project Tag: Gentlemen

What did it mean to be a gentleman in the Regency? Look into all things pertaining to gentlemen

Courtship and Marriage in Jane Austen’s World

    The Book of Common Prayer (1662) made clear why (and why not) a couple should marry: (Marriage) is not by any to be enterprised, nor taken in hand, unadvisedly, lightly, or wantonly, to satisfy men’s carnal lusts and appetites, like brute beasts that have no understanding; but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly, and in …

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Gentlemen in the Regency Era

Of Social Class,  Gentlemen and the Gentlemanly Professions The nuances of social class and what makes a gentleman a gentleman remains a perennial source of confusion for Austenesque and Regency readers. How these men provided a livelihood for themselves and their families proves even more bewildering as some gentlemen had a profession, others did not, …

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Vicars, Curates and Church Livings

Vicars, Curates and Church Livings I must confess, trying to understand the Regency clergy just about drove me over the edge. References didn’t answer my questions, then they would contradict one another. I thought I’d pull my hair out. Nancy Mayer at Nancy Mayer-Regency Researcher came to my rescue and straightened out so much of …

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To be an Officer and a Gentleman

To be an Officer and Gentleman Jane Austen’s writing includes many military men: Colonel Brandon, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Captain and General Tilney, Lieutenants Wickham and Denny. In her tales make note how these men purchased their commissions, but what was the motivation for doing so and how did the process work?   Being an officer made you a …

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Naval Officers: Self-made gentlemen

  Naval Officers: Self-made gentlemen The navy offered greater potential for social mobility than most institutions in Regency era society. Generally only the sons of gentlemen or perhaps wealthy middle-class parents could enter the path to becoming an officer, but the way was not entirely closed to others. Once a lieutenant, a man could rise through …

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