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7.23.2014

7.21.2014

Regency Man Monday - Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson

Yes, Admiral Nelson died before the start of the Regency Era, but if you read Regency romances like I do, you can't escape him! If a woman is a widow, 95% of the time it's because he was at the Battle of Trafalgar with Admiral, Lord Nelson.


From his Wikipedia page:
Nelson's death at Trafalgar secured his position as one of Britain's most heroic figures. The significance of the victory and his death during the battle led to his famous signal, "England expects that every man will do his duty", being regularly quoted, paraphrased and referenced up to the modern day. Numerous monuments, including Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, London, have been created in his memory and his legacy remains highly influential.



7.18.2014

Jane Sightings - Literary Clergymen and a Mr. Knightly Reference


First up on July 8 there was another Jeopardy appearance! It was the Double Jeopardy Round in a category called Literary Clergymen and was the $400 answer:
In this Jane Austen novel, William Collins is a minister who has designs on Elizabeth Bennett
The first person to ring in got it correct!

Shakespeare's KitchenOur second appearance was in a book I'm reading for school called Shakespeare's Kitchen by Lore Seagal.

Here's the set up, Ilka spends quite a bit of time with the Shakespeares and she kind of has a bit of a thing for Leslie Shakespeare, but it seems more of an admiration thing right now. She goes out to dinner with Nat who they kind of have this thing when he's separated from his wife. They all work together (Nat, Leslie, and Ilka) and during a conversation with Leslie, Nat admits that he's got a thing for Ilka. Leslie gets kind of possessive of her and it's all kinda weird.
"Why  should he get huffy?" asked Ilka. "When Jane Austen describes Mr. Knightly, one of the things she tells about hims is that he is sensible.  Leslie is a sensible man."

"And that turns you on," said Nat. "The beauty of common sense escapes women with less imagination." 
I don't know about you, but a sensible man, one like Mr. Knightly, would be really nice to have in my life.  I can be quite insensible so it would be a nice even balance.

Have you seen Jane out in the world? Send us your sightings at cnjjasna {at} gamail {dot} com

7.16.2014

Wordless Wednesday #52



Note: From what I can gather this cottage was built in 1811 in Blaise Hamlet near Bristol, England and was built by John Nash, the same architect who designed Buckingham Palace.

7.14.2014

Regency Man Mondays

We can't have a theme of Regency men without the one man who made the Regency period, the Regency period.

His Royal Highness The Prince Regent


Born George Augustus Frederick on August 12,  1762, he was bestowed the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay automatically and became the Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester when he was a few days old. He was a good student and son, until he fell for Maria Fitzherbert, a Roman Catholic (shocked gasp).  The Act of Settlement 1701 would prevent her from succeeding to the throne and the Royal Marriages Act 1772 said that he would need his father's permission. Going against both the couple married in secret in 1785.  (Then there was a lot of hubbub about his debts, his father's disapproval, and his political standings.)

In 1788, King George III's mental health greatly deteriorated and it began his ultimate decline and Parliament started to discuss the idea of a Regent and who would be a best choice to be Regent.  Before The Regency Bill could be passed King George III recovered.

In 1795, George married his cousin Princess Caroline of Brunswick.  In 1796, their only child, Princess Charlotte was born.  Shortly after her birth they formally separated and George continued his on and off relationship with Maria Fitzherbert.

In 1810, King George's health declined again and this time the billed passed to become the Regency Act of 1811.  George became the Prince Regent on February 5, 1811. He 'ruled' in his father's place until King George died in 1820.

The Prince Regent became King George the IV on July 19, 1821.

For more information on Prinny you can read his Wikipedia article - George IV of the United Kingdom

For further reading there is a list at the bottom of the page or you can jump to it right here - References and further reading