Category Archives: Regency

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

Courtship, Betrothal, Weddings, & Rings in the Regency

Courtship, Betrothal, Weddings, & Rings in the Regency

My upcoming novel, Darcy and Elizabeth: Hope of the Future, is the second volume of the “prequel duo” to my Darcy Saga sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Since the duo novels, including volume one Darcy and Elizabeth: A Season of Courtship, are set entirely during the betrothal period of Elizabeth Bennet and… Continue Reading

British Titles of Nobility

British Titles of Nobility

Titles of nobility are one of those areas Americans have particular trouble wrapping our minds around. It doesn’t help that the rules and application of British titles are extremely complex, and have changed in multiple ways over the centuries. In some respects, reading the various titles or hearing them uttered in a movie is akin to hearing a word or phrase in… Continue Reading

Christmas Menu for 1660

Christmas Menu for 1660

The earliest published Christmas menu dates from 1660, the year of Charles II’s restoration to the throne. The Accomplisht Cook was written by Robert May, an English chef who trained in France and cooked for nobility throughout his life. This remarkable document includes a section titled “A bill of fare for Christmas Day and how to set… Continue Reading