Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Return to the Regency

Return to the Regency

Back again! I wonder if two and a half years between blog posts is a record? I imtend to behave much better in future, I promise.
The Big News is that I have a Regency Romance currently free to read on Wattpad. It'll be there until 21st September after which time it will be entered into the Harlequin SYTYCW15 competition. Please view, please vote and please comment; I would love some feedback on whether or not I've managed to capture the era and if the book is actually worth reading!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Georgian May Day celebrations

"Here they are! The sweeps are come! Here is the garland and the Lord and Lady! Poor fellows! This is their great festival. Their garland is a large cone of holly and ivy framed upon hoops...whereon is sometimes a floral crown, knots of ribbons or bunches of flowers...within it is a man who walks wholly unseen. The chimney sweepers' jackets and hats are bedizened with gilt embossed paper...their black faces and legs are grotesquely coloured with Dutch-pink; their shovels are scored with this crimson pigment, interlaced with white chalk."
Hone's Everyday Book 1825

Saturday, 13 April 2013

A wee bit sexist?


This day is published
Elphingston Balfour's Sale Catalogue
for MDCCXCI
Containing a very large
COLLECTION OF BOOKS
Which begin to be sold at his shop on Monday the 24th current.
The Books are generally in good condition, and the lowest prices are marked at each book.
It is requested that Gentlemen in the country, that they will desire their Carriers to call for Catalogues, and what commissions they are so good as to give, shall be punctually executed. 

The Edinburgh Advertiser for 1791


Sunday, 10 March 2013

Settling your differences- the old fashioned way

"Yesterday a very hard battle was fought in a field at the back of Lord's Cricket Ground, Marylebone, between a private belonging to a recruiting party of Dragoons, and a groom of the name of Harrowby, who had enlisted the previous day. The battle lasted three quarters of an hour during which time the Dragoon, who was the weaker man, displayed a superior scientific knowledge of the art, while the groom displayed more courage than skill. He received a very desperate blow on the right temple, which concluded the fight, and he was for many minutes supposed to be dead." The Sun, July 18th 1804

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Welcome to one of the blogs of Katherine F White, optimistic author of several as yet unpublished historical romances, one of which is with a publisher as we speak! I also write as Elizabeth Keysian and under this guise reached the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with my first medieval romance, "My Lady's Favour". My prize was a review by Publisher's Weekly, which reads as follows-

"Although betrothed to Gilbert de Waltham when Elena of Bucknell falls into the arms of Richard of St Aubyn, she loses her heart to him. Richard, rumored to be the unluckiest knight in Christendom, is also the handsome nephew of her guardian Baron Humphrey. The story of two suitors vying for one lady’s favor takes place amid a rich back drop of 14th-century England in the time of Edward III leading up to the Hundred Years War. Castle life, with its jealousy, jousts, French invasions, and a knight’s quest for nobility, along with dozens of historically interesting details, combine to recreate a time when religion was not always more powerful than folk magic and marriage for love was a new, untrustworthy ideal. The time period is brought to life, but the level of sensuality in this romance is mild."


If like me you love the Regency, then take a look at www.regencywritings.blogspot.com

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Riders Almanack for 1755

Apologies for the long absence; blame NaNoWriMo and the 'flu!
This is what you should be doing in January amongst other things, according to Cardanus Rider:-

Let not Blood and use no Physick unless there be a Necessity; eat often and avoid too much sleep.
In this Month uncover  the Roots of Trees and cover with Dung.
 Our Eighteenth Century ancestors really knew how to enjoy themselves; I wish I had been around in 1755!

Monday, 22 October 2012

A Delicious Dictionary of Eighteenth Century slang

Taken from Francis Grose's 1785 "The Vulgar Tongue"
Admiral of the narrow seas- One who from drunkenness vomits into the lap of the person sitting opposite him. Seaphrase.
Adam's Ale- Water
Abbess, or Lady Abbess- a bawd, the  mistress of a brothel
Amen Curler- a parish clerk
Amusers- rogues who carried snuff or dust in their pockets which they threw into the eyes of any person they intended to rob; and running away, their accomplices (pretending to pity and assist the half-blinded person) took that opportunity of plundering him
Apple Dumplin shop- a woman's bosom
Autem Cackle Tub- a conventicle or meeting house for dissenters. Cant.
Autem Dippers- Anabaptists. Cant.
Autem Quavers- Quakers. Cant.