Category Archives: History

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

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Five

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Five

At last, the final post covering the ton of photos during my tour of the “Dressing Downton” exhibition at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville a few weeks ago. It was a phenomenal experience. The previous posts explain a bit more about the exhibit (links below) and have a bunch of photos that should not be missed,… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Four

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Four

For today I have the fourth post covering the wealth of photos I snagged when visiting the “Dressing Downton” exhibition at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville a few weeks ago. It was a phenomenal experience. The prior three posts explain a bit more about the exhibit (links below) so without further ado, let me get on… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Three

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Three

Here is the third blog post of images from the outstanding exhibit of select costumes from the BBC TV series Downton Abbey®. I thought I would take a moment to encourage everyone to watch the show if you haven’t already. The costumes, obviously, are fantastic and almost enough of a reason to watch the show. Luckily, the… Continue Reading

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Two

“Dressing Downton” ~ Part Two

Time for more images from my awesome experience at the “Dressing Downton” exhibit at Cheekwood Mansion in Nashville. I took a bunch of photos, so I’m not sure how many blog posts will be needed to share them. To see the first post which includes details on the exhibit as well as several photos, click the… Continue Reading