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Full Dress, October 1813

"Short dress of crape over a very slight white petticoat, made more scanty in the skirt than we have seen for some time; ornamented round the bottom with a trimming composed of crape and small pearl beads...

Blame the Music

“At St. Mary’s Church, Chester, Mr. Humphreys (the celebrated blind harper), was married to Mrs. Williams, widow of the late Mr. Williams of the same place, whose lamented remains she fourteen days before had consigned to the silent grave. For seven days she remained quite inconsolable, but on the eighth, being accidentally in the company of the harper, the tones which he drew from his melodious instrument had the effect of soothing her grief. After six days courtship, he had the felicity of conducting her to the altar.” – La Belle AssemblĂ©e, October...

Julia Quinn Presents Bridgerton Couture

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....

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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 First Quadrille at Almack's

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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