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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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Men have Swords Women have Fans

“Men have the sword, women have the fan and the fan is probably as effective a weapon!” –Joseph Addison For centuries fans have appeared in paintings as the quintessential fashion accessory. They are so ubiquitous they call for a closer examination. Makers of fans Originating with the guilds of Europe, City Livery Companies have existed …

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Improving upon Nature: Beauty Training in the Regency Era

Beauty Training Improving upon nature   Catherine Worlée, Princesse de Talleyrand-Périgord (1762-1834)*oil on canvas*226 × 165 cm*1804-1805 With so much at stake, success in the marriage mart not the least consideration, suggestions abounded as to how a young woman might improve her natural beauty. Recommendations were not dissimilar to those we see today, including medicinal …

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To be an Accomplished Lady

To Be an Accomplished Lady   During the Regency era, a proper education was crucial to a middle or upper class young lady’s future. Since a woman’s only ‘proper’ aspiration was to marriage, her education focused on making her noticeable to potential husbands. Her accomplishments enabled her to display cultural distinction and set herself apart …

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Defining beauty in the Regency era

Defining Beauty in the Regency Era The Shape of Georgian Beauty Life in early modern societies was rife with bodily threats often resulting in bodily deformities. Nutritional deficits, disease and accidents all resulted in sometimes horrific alterations to the human form. Skin conditions, tumors, both benign and cancerous, and conditions like gout marked individuals in …

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Mistress of the manor: Lady of leisure or Full time working mom?

Mistress of the manor: Full time working mom or Lady of leisure? Period dramas have left many of us with the notion that ladies of the landed gentry in the Regency era had little to do but dress in lovely gowns, embroider and gossip.  Reality could not be farther from this image. In general, both master …

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