Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Carpets and Rugs: A History of Floor Coverings

Placing a covering of some sort over a floor or other indoor walking surface probably originated with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The desire for a barrier for additional warmth from the cold ground and comfort for the feet is instinctual, our earliest ancestors most likely using strewn plant materials and animal skins prior to perfecting… Continue Reading

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Gardez L’eau! Or, The Toilet

Keeping with the theme this week of personal care, I decided to dust off and update a previous article focusing on the bathroom. Whether calling it the bathroom, powder room, dressing room, toilet, or any other acceptable term or slang, houses even in the bygone days before indoor plumbing included a room (or rooms) for… Continue Reading

Regency Era Personal Hygiene

Regency Era Personal Hygiene

In my blog post on Tuesday, I established that our ancestors were not as filthy and smelly as often claimed. Long before the Regency, bathing (even showering) was a way of life. If you missed that post, be sure to read it too! Today I shall dig deeper into bathing and personal hygiene practices and… Continue Reading

London Entertainment Off the Beaten Path

London Entertainment Off the Beaten Path

Those of us who love the Regency Era and devour novels by Austen, Heyer, and contemporary authors within the genre are familiar with the famous London hot spots. We have joined our heroines at balls held at Almack’s Assembly, eavesdropped on manly conversation over a game of faro or poker at White’s and Brook’s gentlemen’s clubs,… Continue Reading

Servants & Staff at a Country Estate: An Overview

Servants & Staff at a Country Estate: An Overview

Several years ago I wrote a series on servants, both inside and outside, at a grand country estate. Last year I dusted the series off, did a ton of fresh research, and rewrote everything for a ten-part blog series entitled “Regency Servants” for Austen Authors. Today, and for the following two-months-plus of Mondays, I will… Continue Reading