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Best known as the residence of the Prince Regent for several decades, Carlton House was situated on the south side of Pall Mall, with its gardens abutting St. James’s Park. An existing house was rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century for Henry Boyle, created Baron Carleton in 1714. He bequeathed it to his nephew the architect Lord Burlington whose mother sold it in 1732 to Frederick, Prince of Wales. In 1783, when Frederick’s grandson George, Prince of Wales, was granted possession of Carlton House and £60,000 to refurbish it, it was a rambling structure without architectural cohesion. Prinny had the house substantially rebuilt by the architect Henry Holland between 1783 and 1796. By the time the Prince...
Welcome to the Bridgerton couture collection. With the help of Candice Hern, Regency author and expert extraordinaire, I've selected dresses from her collection of Regency fashion plates that I think my heroines might have liked....
What is the Regency?
The English Regency, in its most literal interpretation, encompasses the years 1811 to 1820. It was the time during which the Prince of Wales (who later ruled as George IV) served as Regent while his father George III was so mentally unbalanced as to be unable to serve as monarch. In its broader interpretation — when used to describe periods of art, literature, fashion, design, and architecture — the Regency can encompass years as early as 1790 and as late as 1830.
The Regency as a setting for romance is appealing in great part due to the rich dichotomy of society vs. history, the real world vs. the oblivious aristocratic fantasy world. It is that small, glittering, elegant world seemingly insulated from the horrors of the Napoleonic Wars, the beginnings of political, social, and agricultural reform, and the onset of the industrial revolution that provides a very real and complex backdrop for Candice’s novels. While the war ravaged the Continent and affected most English families through the loss of sons, husbands, fathers, brothers, and uncles, and while the Luddites rioted against industrialization, Society persevered in its elegant finery at balls and routs and parties of all kinds.
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