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Dec 052012

Our Regency Personage for December was born in December

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775. She was the seventh of eight children and only the second daughter. Her father was a clergyman.

Her oldest brother was James who became a clergyman like their father.

The second brother was George about whom not much is known. It is thought that he was deaf because Jane knew how to “speak with her fingers.” Some say he had other problems and might have been a Down’s syndrome child. George lived in a private home with a caretaker all his life.

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Nov 062012


Robert Southey

Robert Southey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert Southey was a poet who suffers from competition of his friends and enemies. He was a friend of Coleridge and Wordsworth and  publicly made mock of by Byron.  His name is almost unknown except to teachers of literature and even they usually pass him by for the poems of Wordsworth, Shelley, or Byron. Southey’s reputation has been harmed by Byron’s disparaging remarks about him in various works , but especially Don Juan. Very odd that even people who don’t think much of Byron or his poetry seem to accept his evaluation of Southey. Perhaps it is time to give Southey another chance?

During the Regency period he was quite well known though perhaps not as popular as Walter Scott. He became poet laureate in 1813 and remained in that post until he died in 1843.

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Oct 222012

A cross-post from The Regency Redingote:

The Hero of Trafalgar also has a relationship of sorts to Jane Eyre, Heathcliffe and Kathy, and Agnes Grey. Yes, those characters inhabit novels which were written by three talented sisters decades after the death of Admiral Nelson in October of 1805. He did not know the sisters, in fact they were all born more than ten years after his death. And yet, thanks to Charlotte, Emily and Anne, the name of Nelson’s favorite title lives on, even if it has lost its association with him.

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Oct 192012

This latest article from Cheryl Bolen is about the sadder side of marriage, divorce. Though not a common event during the Regency, it was not completely impossible. But the process was slow and tedious and the options available to a couple were very different than the options open to most of us today.

What happened when a Regency marriage fell apart …

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Oct 162012

Lady Writing at DeskNew Book Releases from authors at The Beau Monde Chapter

 ( Regency historical ) of Romance Writers of America.


A Lady’s Lesson in Seduction by Barbara Monajem

A Lady's Lesson in Seduction CoverHarlequin Historical Undone, 978-1-459-24799-4

Regency Historical (Novella)

Former rake Camden Folk, Marquis of Warbury, is now consumed with desire for only one woman—beautiful young widow Frances Burdett. The Yuletide festivities at his country estate present the perfect opportunity for seduction…

After her brief, unsatisfying marriage, Frances swore never to become tied to another man. Then a passionate kiss under the mistletoe reawakens longings she thought buried forever. Can she give in to the pleasures of the body with a rogue like Cam—without losing her heart?



My Regelance Rake by J. L. Langley

My Regelence Rake Cover


Samhain Publishing, ISBN 978-1-60928-952-2

Regency SF, M/M

 With his days occupied with duties as Captain of the Guard, and nights consumed with upholding his reputation as a rake, Lord Sebastian Hastings’s schedule is filled. There’s no extra time to be anyone’s bodyguard, but the royal family’s safety is a task he sees to personally.

Prince Colton Townsend has loved Sebastian for a long time, but he’s done pining for a man who has vowed never to remarry. Horses and horse racing consume his every thought, at least until he’s stuck with Sebastian dogging his every step.

At an auction, Colton is trying to ignore his sexy bodyguard when he takes on a bully to protect an abused horse. Sebastian is dragged into the fray, and their good deed sparks a string of nasty rumors.

There’s only one way to quell the political storm: marry. But instead of solving everything, Colton realizes his new husband is a bundle of secrets, none of which he’ll give up easily. Unless Colton makes one, last-ditch effort that could break his heart for good.



Season For Surrender by Theresa Romain

Season For Surrender CoverKensington Zebra, ISBN-10: 1420128868  ISBN-13: 978-1420128864
Regency Historical
Alexander Edgware, Lord Xavier, has quite a reputation—for daring, wagering, and wickedness in all its delightful forms. But the wager before him is hardly his preferred sport: Xavier must persuade a proper young lady to attend his famously naughty Christmas house party—and stay the full, ruinous two weeks. Worse, the lady is Louisa Oliver, a doe-eyed bookworm Xavier finds quite charming. Yet to refuse the challenge is impossible—he will simply have to appoint himself Miss Oliver’s protector…
Louisa knows her chance for a husband has passed. But she has no desire to retire into spinsterhood without enjoying a few grand adventures first. When Lord Xavier’s invitation arrives, Louisa is more intrigued than insulted. And once inside the rogues’ gallery, she just may have a thing or two to teach her gentlemen friends about daring…
Oct 072012

My purpose in writing this article is to supply Regency authors with a deeper understanding of what was in the heart of the men and women living at that time and how their view of God affected their lives. I begin with the century before this period and the time following the slim slice of history that was the Regency in order to understand the sweeping changes that occurred in the 18th and 19th centuries that bracket the Regency.

The full article, including a list sources and articles and books of interest, is available to Beau Monde members at the TBM File Library, which is part of the myRWA site. (Member login is required.)

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Sep 152012

by Ann Lethbridge

Yes, pesky titles. I know I should have this down pat by now. But I started a book several years ago, and lo and behold the darn hero was the second son of a duke. Not the heir. Now there are all kinds of pitfalls with Dukes, not just what you call them, but what you call their sons, their wives, their sons wives and so on. I am going to deal with just a couple of them here.

I thought rather than do a dry list, I would use the 5th Duke of Devonshire as a living — a well a previously living– example. His first wife was Georgiana, a very interesting woman, but in the matter of titles I have chosen this particular Duke because he was around in the Georgian era.

This is a portrait of the fifth duke. Now how would you address the starchy looking gentleman. Oh and by the way, his family name (like your surname) is Cavendish. That becomes important later.

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Sep 082012

Award winning Australian author Alison Stuart always wanted to be a writer. As a teenager she scribbled turgid historical novels in shorthand notebooks, some of which are still in existence. Only when she dislocated a shoulder in a skiing accident, which left her stranded in a snow bound chalet in the Australian Alps with nothing for company but a notebook computer, did she dare to write the story that had been tugging at her sleeve for so long.

Her family moved from Kenya, where she had been born, to Australia in the late 1960s. Alison had imagined Australia as a place where kangaroos roamed the streets (just as, no doubt, children in Australia imagined Africa as a place where lions roamed the streets), but the inner suburbs of Perth seemed short of roving marsupials.

She studied Law and Arts at university and has worked all her life as a lawyer, both in private practice and in a range of different organizations including the military and the emergency services and a fatal attraction for men in uniform (including her husband) may explain her leaning towards soldier heroes!

Alison has been a finalist in competitions, including the shortlist of the Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. In 2007 her first two novels BY THE SWORD and THE KING’S MAN were published. BY THE SWORD won the 2008 Eppie Award for Best Historical Romance.

These days Alison is writing full time and is officially an empty nester, with a wonderfully supportive husband (and resident military expert) and two needy cats to keep her company.

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Sep 032012

In my Regency Romance, The Guise of a Gentleman, my Regency lady  faced down a group of bad guys. Since I’d done my research, I knew if she were to defend the man and boy they were trying to kill, she’d only be able to get off one shot because of the time and difficulty loading guns. So, I had decided to either have her ride with two loaded guns or have a groom riding with her but wasn’t crazy about either option.. Then I found just what I needed: a double-barrel flintlock which could fire two shots, without having to reload. Huzzah!!!

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Aug 282012

Regan Walker, Featured Beau Monde AuthorRegan didn’t begin to write romance until she’d already had a decades-long career in law. But she wrote stories as a child and never lost her love of seeing fantasy come to life on the page. When she discovered the world of historical romance, she began reviewing novels. She has 500 reviews on Amazon and 10 “best” lists as well as her own blog, Regan’s Romance Reviews.

As she was describing one story that had captivated her to her best friend, the friend said, “Why don’t you write one? You tell great stories and you write well.” So she did.

Her first novel, RACING WITH THE WIND, is set in London and Paris in 1816, and tells the story of a rebellious young woman, Lady Mary Campbell who determines to go to Paris with her statesman uncle over the objections of a British lord.

There is much of her in that character, not surprisingly. As Regan had served at high levels of government, it’s not surprising that her first trilogy, of which RACING is book 1, is Agents of the Crown, and features heroes who tackle unusual assignments for the Prince Regent.

It’s available on Amazon and the Prologue can be read on Regan’s website,

Regan is a member of RWA and The Beau Monde, San Diego and Greater Seattle chapters, as well as Savvy Authors and Romance Writers Uncensored. She likes to stay connected with other authors, to support them and vicariously enjoy their successes. She lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever and considers it paradise! She has one son, 23, who is gorgeous. (You can see his pic on her website.)

Regan’s Romance Reviews blog:
Twitter: @RegansReview (
Interview on the Ravishing Romances blog on ePublishing:
May 242012

The Beau Monde’s annual one day mini-conference and soiree will be held Wednesday, July 25th during the RWA National conference at the Anaheim Marriott in California.

Starting with breakfast and the annual general meeting, the conference will include a variety of Regency-themed workshops throughout the day with knowledgeable presenters, including Candice Hern, Isobel Carr and this year’s three time RITA nominee Vicky Dreiling. Our luncheon keynote speaker is the amazing Delilah Marvelle. Plus there will be a silent auction with plenty of Regency-themed items, critiques, etc. for you to bid on!

The evening’s soiree will include music, dancing and the winners announcement of the Royal Ascot writing contest.

Registration fees are as follows:

Soiree Only Member: $60

Soiree Only Non Member: $75

Early Bird Members: $155

Early Bird Non-Members: $175

Regular Members: $170

Regular Non-Members: $190

Early bird registration ends June 15th.

For more information and to register, please visit the conference page.

May 182012

Assembly Room – A Roundup of Regency and other historical posts byAngelyn Schmid
Woman Writing - Beau Monde image

Foolscap and a cockscomb–it’s amazing what you’ll find in the Beau Monde archives, with thanks to The Regency Redingote

Regency mail (don’t you just love Susanna’s blog stationary?)

1803 Royal Mail

1803 Royal Mail

Observations from rural parts of the Regency (the book was so good I obtained a copy of my own!)

Strange English dining customs and furniture

Petticoats in the Regency era – a Suzy Love special:

English breakfast (marmalade, yum — pickled herring, not so much):

Capote Bonnet: Balloon Bonnet, Heideloff 1794-98

Capote Bonnet: Balloon Bonnet, Heideloff 1794-98

Servants (a great overview — puts one in mind of Heyer’s spying servant Finglass in Cotillion)

The Capote bonnet:

William Wilberforce:

The Antrobus travelling chariot (and some lovely pictures besides!)

May 142012

A Romance Reader’s Pet Peeves: The 10 That Set Me On Edge Every Time!  By Regan Walker

All readers have their pet peeves and it’s why we love some romances and hate others.

I found it rather cathartic to set mine to paper. I wanted to speak for other readers whose reviews I see on the Internet (along with mine). Though I read primarily historical romance, these aren’t limited to that genre. Hopefully this will help authors who want to please their readers avoid some pitfalls.

Here are my top 10:

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May 132012

1812: A Turning Point in British History by Laurie Alice Eakes

For those of us immersed in the Regency time period, the year 1812 holds numerous significant incidents–incidents that set history on a course from the old world and into the new. Power changed hands in government and wars, the Industrial Revolution dug in its heels, and Great Britain, for all it became the most far-flung empire in history, began to receive its first glimpse of a shocking truth—it would not always rule the waves.

George IV Prince Regent

George IV Prince Regent

By 1811, few people denied that the king was permanently mad and could no longer be head of state. The Regency bill passed making his eldest son, also a George, the Prince Regent, or the head of the government. The king, however, still showed enough glimpses of restoration to health that “Prinney” didn’t assume full powers of his role until 1812.

A gamester and profligate spender, the Prince Regent was forever petitioning Parliament for money. This placed him in the power of Parliament and the role of royalty in actually running the government of the kingdom began to diminish.

While Prinney assumed his role as head of Great Britain, a man known as Captain Ludd assumed a different kind of leadership role mostly in the north. The Luddite Rebellion fills books it is such a complex subject, a small war that ultimately took soldiers into Nottingham and York and Lancashire to put it down. Many men died.

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Feb 042012

Regency Florida by Darlene Marshall

St. Augustine Map 1763

St. Augustine Map 1763

In 1812 a plucky band of men of diverse races, nationalities and backgrounds came together to defend their homes from foreign invaders intent on seizing their land and destroying their way of life.

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Jan 152012

Top Ten Places to See the Sea in the UK by Jo Ann Ferguson

The sea has had such an impact on British history. It has protected the country so well that the saying goes that the last successful invasion of England was in 1066 (though there have been a lot of unsuccessful ones, which explains the many castles and fortified sites along the shore). The sea currents affect the weather, so you have palm trees in Cornwall and even in northern Scotland. It inspired the formation of a navy that created a worldwide empire and a maritime fleet that made London a center of industry and shipping and finance.

And it helped create a tourist industry that still thrives today. What would 19th century bank holidays have been without a trip to Blackpool for the lower classes and to Brighton for the upper?

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Jan 092012
1805-1825 Almack's Assembly Room
1805-1825 Almack's Assembly Room

1805-1825 Almack's Assembly Room

FROM OUR ASSEMBLY ROOM – Round-up of Regency and historical posts

The Beau Monde is pleased to present lots more great Regency links for you to try.

Title page from La Belle Assemblée or, Bell's ...

La Belle Assembly









We could always use more Ackerman’s for Regency fashion: ackermanns_03.html

What would Hyde Park be without the Serpentine?

Hyde Park by Camille Pissarro, 1890, showing t...

Hyde Park

A tongue-in-cheek post on craft by the companion to her ladyship of Holmeshire:
These links are collected by The Beau Monde member, Angelyn Schmid.
Like history?  Fall in love with it!
Check out my blog at on history and romance.
  • Jane Austen and Regency Fashion Plates (
  • Regency Fashion 1811 (
  • Regency England Links for Readers & Writers (
Jan 042012

         REGENCY PROMENADE featuring the 3rd Earl of Bathurst

                                            Presented by Nancy Mayer
Earl Bathurst

Earl Bathurst

 Henry Bathurst 3rd Earl Bathurst KG PC (22 May 1762 – 27 July 1834).

He is one who is seldom written about yet he held high offices in the government for most of his life. He was very much in public eye and notice as a member of Liverpool’s cabinet during the Regency. He was secretary of State for War and the Colonies for 15 years.

The first Lord Bathurst was created a baron in 1711. The males went into law, politics and the church. The 2nd Earl, was a judge of common pleas, then Lord High Chancellor (head of the court of Chancery and speaker of the House of Lords). He was also High Steward of England for the Duchess of Kingston’s bigamy trial.

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Dec 252011

       Happy holidays to all our wonderful readers.

           Enjoy your celebrations and stay safe.

                                         With love from The Beau Monde.