Tag: Romancing the Past

Blogging about Michaelmas

by on Sep.19, 2013, under Blog posts

St. Michael the archangel by Guido Reni

September 29 is the feast day of St. Michael, the most powerful of all the angels.

What do angels and geese have in common? Today I’m at Romancing the Past, blogging about why the answer is September 29, also known as Michaelmas, one of the British quarter days.

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Boys in Dresses

by on May.19, 2013, under Blog posts

Today I’m at Romancing the Past, blogging about why 19th century portraits often depict young boys in dresses, and how you can tell the boys from the girls.

19th c. boy with whip

Why is this child holding a whip? You’ll find the answer at Romancing the Past.

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Classes in their classes

by on Apr.19, 2013, under Blog posts

Gentleman Commoner

This student wears the academic robes of a wealthy Gentleman Commoner, the second-highest rank of student at Oxford during the regency.

What was a tufthunter, and whose tuft was he hunting? I’m at Romancing the Past today, discussing the social pecking order at Oxford University during the regency.

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The Patron Saint of Virgins

by on Jan.19, 2013, under Blog posts

Saint Agnes by Massimo Stanzione

St. Agnes, by the 17th century artist Massimo Stanzione, shows the Roman saint with a lamb, her iconographic symbol.

Today, just in time for St. Agnes’s Eve, I’m at Romancing the Past, discussing St. Agnes: how she became the patron saint of virgins, and the rituals an unmarried girl can follow on the eve of St. Agnes’s Day if she hopes to see a vision of her future husband.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

by on Oct.19, 2012, under Blog posts

How did Edinburgh medical man Dr. Robert Knox find his way into a jeering nineteenth-century jump rope rhyme, and why did Dr. Hunter have a young woman in his wicker basket?

The Anatomist Taken by the Watch

The Anatomist Taken by the Watch: Carrying off Miss W– in a Hamper.

With Halloween fast approaching, I’m at Romancing the Past today, discussing the ghastly business of body snatching. Click here to jump to the post.

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When Politicians Attack, Regency Style

by on Sep.19, 2012, under Blog posts

The Duke of Wellington by Lawrence, 1814-15

The Duke of Wellington was accounted a poor shot, but that didn’t stop him from demanding satisfaction from the Earl of Winchilsea.

What did the Earl of Winchilsea say that made the Duke of Wellington challenge him to a duel? I’m at Romancing the Past today, blogging about nasty political disputes of the eighteenth century. Stop by to read about Winchilsea and Wellington, plus why American president Andrew Jackson was the Chuck Norris of his day.

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Picture Perfect

by on Aug.19, 2012, under Blog posts

Alexander Kucharsky’s 1791 portrait of Marie Antoinette remains unfinished.

I’m at the Romancing the Past site today, blogging about famous portrait-sitters. Click here to read what was expected of a good portrait artist, including the highly unusual request Oliver Cromwell made of painter Peter Lely.

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Lady Archer and the caricaturists

by on Jul.19, 2012, under Blog posts

The Finishing Touch by James Gillray

James Gillray’s THE FINISHING TOUCH shows “celebrated Amazon” Lady Archer at her dressing table.

I’m at Romancing the Past for my July visit, this time blogging about Sarah, Lady Archer, and why she was a favorite target of late Georgian caricaturists like Gillray and Rowlandson. Was it her politics, her gambling, her looks?

Or was it that nobody puts Lady Archer in a corner?

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Regency Nicknames

by on Jun.19, 2012, under Blog posts

Today I’m at Romancing the Past, blogging about nicknames of the regency.  Stop by to learn how Thomas Raikes came to be called Apollo, and why Balloon Foley probably hated his nickname.

Regency actress Maria Foote

His engagement to actress Maria Foote was responsible for one of Joseph Haynes's three nicknames.


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Hanged if you do

by on May.19, 2012, under Blog posts

I’m blogging today at Romancing the Past about an issue dear to the regency politician-hero of Ruined by Rumor, my Monday release: capital punishment. In Great Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century, more than 200 different crimes were punishable by death, and many of them were non-violent, even trivial offenses.

And here’s a fun fact: did you know that 177 years after Britain last burned a man at the stake for heresy, it was still burning women? Click here to learn why.

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