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Jun. 8th, 2008

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HH query

Do any HH fans remember for sure: in The Examination for Lieutenant (aka The Fire Ships in the US), when Hornblower, Foster and Hammond sail off in their rowboat to intercept the fireship, is Captain Harvey with them in the boat or not? I'm writing a fic in which I think he has to be my POV character and if he wasn't in that boat I have to reconsider. I've tried looking at the ep screencaps on the Two Evil Monks site but it doesn't show for sure. (And does anyone know if his soubriquet "of the Dockyard" indicates that he was shore-based and stationed at Gib?)

May. 10th, 2006



Regency Misc

Regency Colors

Ever picked up a Regency novel and wondered about the strange color descriptions? The coquelicot ribbons that raise the plain white muslin gown of the debutante above the ordinary. The dashing heroine in a very low cut pomona green silk ball dress. The flattering primrose morning dress on the freckled redhead who's been outside without a hat. (Good gracious!) The jonquil gown of the young widow just out of mourning. And don't forget the puce waistcoat on the boring suitor. Here they are in all their splendor!

Link Here

Apr. 10th, 2006



Georgian/Regency - Food

Historic Food

this site has a collection of recipes from eras, as well as a history of how they were served. Such as this page on Georgian Ices

It comes as a great surprise to most people when they learn that ices were popular dessert foods in eighteenth century England. It has often been incorrectly assumed that the ice cream of this period was quite primitive and consisted of a hard mass of flavourless icy crystals. The truth is that the quality was very high and the astonishing variety of flavours available in a Georgian confectionery shop would easily compete with that offered today in a modern Italian gelateria!

Recipe Index

Mar. 16th, 2006



Georgian/Regency - Fans

The Fan Circle International

The 19th century displays one of the widest varieties of fans produced over the centuries. Fans of every sort can be found in the period from 1801 to 1900, from splendid specimens that equal the best of previous centuries to home decorated examples that were popular from the mid 19th century onwards and promoted as a 'lady-like' hobby.

At the beginning of the 19th century, fans, after their heydays through the 17th and 18th centuries were in a period of decline. With fashion,'simplicity' and rusticity were the order of the day. Fans became very dainty and were often no longer than the size of a persons palm as dresses were slimmer and had smaller pockets. The most popular materials were silk and sequins, ivory and tortoishell. When ivory or tortoishell were used they were often pierced or inlaid with sequins. While presenting a beautiful and delicate facade, these fans were not very practical when it came to cooling a person down and their main function was as a 'necessary' accessory or as an accent to modesty or flirtation. The finest ivory carving was done in London; printed leaves with stipple engravings printed in colours were a Parisian speciality.

Click here and follow the links on the sidebar to history of fans

Feb. 9th, 2006



Georgian/Regency - Clothing (mens)

Between a Gentleman and His Tailor

Casual country dress became the choice of the younger generation after the American Revolutionary War. Young men began to wear their riding clothes in London's drawing rooms, scandalizing the older generation. It was Beau Brummell who helped to popularize a more conservative color palette for men's clothing and more comfortable and practical clothing. With the help of some of the finest tailors in London, he took the practical riding costume from country squire dowdy to a costume known for its excellent fit, comfort, quality materials and workmanship, and freshly washed crispness. A smart sort of riding costume became the standard for men's wear from 1797 to 1810.

The best known tailors of the day were Schweitzer and Davidson of Cork street, Weston of 34 Old Bond street, Meyer of Conduit street, and Guthrie. All clothing at this period was handmade because the first practical, functioning sewing machine would not be created until 1830 and would not be mass produced until the 1850s. There was a hierarchy in the tailors trade with cutters able to layout and cut cloth to make close fitting clothes at the top followed by finishers who could do detail work such as buttonholes. Last was the lowly "table monkeys" who did the actual stitching of garments.

The Georgian Index

Jan. 15th, 2006



Georgian/Regency - Books

British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception

British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception was produced in Cardiff University’s Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research, supported by substantial grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) and Cardiff University. British Fiction allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,272 works of fiction written by approximately 900 authors, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, reviews, and subscription lists).

Cardiff University


Georgian/Regency - Garden Design

A History of British Gardening

Georgian and Regency themes

Henry Telende in 1720 created a hotbed that enabled pineapples to be grown in Britain. By the 1750s pineapple pits were all the rage among the well-heeled gentry of English society.

William Forsyth published the Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit in 1802 . Fruit growing was becoming increasingly popular and books on practical fruit growing were selling fast. William Forsyth's Treatise on the Culture and Management of Fruit went through seven new editions between 1802 and 1824. The books lists 300 different apples and 100 pears that could be grown and - because of the development of greenhouses - exotic fruits, such as apricots and nectarines.

BBC Website


Georgian/Regency - Theatre

An Evening at the Theater

A typical evening at a London theater began at six and lasted at least three hours. The program began with music played by the theater's orchestra from the time the doors opened at four or five, followed by a prologue and then a full-length play. An afterpiece, usually a pantomime, farce, or comic opera, completed the evening. The intervals between acts were filled with variety acts, which ranged from singing, dancing, magic tricks, acrobatics, through trained animals.

The Georgian Index

Georgian Theatre Research Resources

The "New Plays" data base (over 530 pages) attempts to document over 2,600 new plays on the London stage during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (1700-1810). All material ©2006 by William J. Burling.

The "Daily Calendar" data base (over 630 pages) attempts to provide basic documentation for every daily performance at five major London theatres during 1800-1810: Drury Lane, Covent Garden, the King's Opera House, the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and the Lyceum. Details include date, venue, play titles, designation of premieres, authorship of new plays, box office receipts (if available), and occasional miscellaneous comments (but not casting information, except for a very limited number of performances). Please note that the calendar for the King's Opera House is still incomplete, especially for 1806-1810. All material © 2006 by William J. Burling.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Sheridan was educated at Harrow School, and was to study law. However, his highly romantic elopement with Elizabeth Linley (daughter of Thomas Linley), and their subsequent marriage in 1773, put paid to such hopes. When he returned to London, he began writing for the stage. His first play, The Rivals, produced at Covent Garden in 1775, was a failure on its first night. Sheridan cast a more capable actor for the role of the comic Irishman for its second performance, and it was a smash which immediately established the young playwright's reputation. It has gone on to become a standard of English literature.


Oliver Goldsmith

AFTER a course at Trinity College, Dublin, made miserable by his personal ungainliness and bad manners, Oliver Goldsmith was on the point of emigrating to America. If he had not missed his ship, high school students might not find in their course of prescribed reading such literary gems as The Deserted Village or The Vicar of Wakefield, nor play lovers enjoy the absurdities of his dramatic masterpiece, She Stoops to Conquer.

Theatre History

Theatre Illustrations

Links to various illustrations of British theatre


Jan. 2nd, 2006



eBook - Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts

Buccaneers and Pirates of Our Coasts by Frank Richard Stockton

The first pirates who made themselves known in American waters were the famous buccaneers; these began their career in a very commonplace and unobjectionable manner, and the name by which they were known had originally no piratical significance. It was derived from the French word boucanier, signifying “a drier of beef.”

Some of the West India islands, especially San Domingo, were almost overrun with wild cattle of various kinds, and this was owing to the fact that the Spaniards had killed off nearly all the natives, and so had left the interior of the islands to the herds of cattle which had increased rapidly. There were a few settlements on the seacoast, but the Spaniards did not allow the inhabitants of these to trade with any nation but their own, and consequently the people were badly supplied with the necessaries of life.

But the trading vessels which sailed from Europe to that part of the Caribbean Sea were manned by bold and daring sailors, and when they knew that San Domingo contained an abundance of beef cattle, they did not hesitate to stop at the little seaports to replenish their stores. The natives of the island were skilled in the art of preparing beef by smoking and drying it,—very much in the same way in which our Indians prepare “jerked meat” for winter use.

But so many vessels came to San Domingo for beef that there were not enough people on the island to do all the hunting and drying that was necessary, so these trading vessels frequently anchored in some quiet cove, and the crews went on shore and devoted themselves to securing a cargo of beef,—not only enough for their own use, but for trading purposes; thus they became known as “beef-driers,” or buccaneers.

Link to online book

Dec. 17th, 2005



Georgian/Regency - Christmas

Christmas in the Regency

The nature of Christmas during the English regency (1811-1820) is surprisingly difficult to uncover -- which might be the clearest sign that it was not made as much of as we expect. Jane Austen hardly mentions it in her frequent letters. In one letter written to her beloved sister Cassandra on December 24th and 25th, she does wish her a "merry Christmas" but does not seem to be bothered by being apart at that time, or make mention of particular festivities. She is invited to dine at a nearby house but does not plan to go because the weather is bad. The weather clears, so she goes after all.



Christmas celebrations are as individual and personal as the family. Each family has its own favorite traditions and recipes handed down through the generations, or perhaps some begun anew by the younger set. Yet, everyone seems to fall back on the customs and heritage native to their country. The English are no different.

A family of the Regency era may have chosen to celebrate with relatives only, or perhaps elected to dine with close friends. Either way, several foods formed the staple of their Christmas Dinner.


Christmas Poetry

A list of traditional poems. Where known, dates are given for their origin.


Christmas in the British Army during the War of 1812

Christmas during the time of the War of 1812 had little resemblence to today's holiday celebrations. Indeed Christmas day was recognized as an important religious event and was marked by the English and Germans with a special church service, a fine dinner and simple decorations but absent were large celebrations that one would expect. For the French Canadians and Scots, New Years Day was the focal point of their seasonal festivites. In contrast to this, the protestant Upper Canadians and newly-arrived American settlers, looked scornfully upon Christmas celebrations, particularly its decorations, as a "rag of Romanism". An English immigrant coming to Canada noted in the 1820s: "I was much surprised at the cold indifference which most people showed in their observance of Christmas day -with the exception of the then few residing English families, the church was scantily attended."


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