FEATURED REGENCY WORLD ARTICLES:
Ball Dress, April 1811
"A white sarsnet or satin petticoat, with short sleeves; over which is worn a body and drapery of light-blue gauze, formed in three points, or vandykes, over the petticoat... Read More →
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Bristol Glass Scent Bottles in Silver Case
A shagreen case holds a sterling case which holds two tiny Bristol green scent bottles with gilt... Read More →
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Regency in General
Links to various general sites on the Regency, many with lots more sub-links to more detailed Regency... Read More →
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Candice is a passionate collector of Georgian and Regency period antiques, and shares many of her collections here on this site, including fashion prints, fans, jewelry, silhouettes, perfume bottles, and many others. She also shares items from her collections on Instagram. Follow her!
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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