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Thursday 21 October 2021

Top 30 posts from 10 years of blogging on the Regency History blog

Me (Rachel Knowles) with my husband Andrew at White Nothe, Dorset (2021)
Me (Rachel Knowles) with my husband Andrew
at White Nothe, Dorset (2021)
This month I’m celebrating 10 years of the Regency History blog. I started this blog to record and share the research I was doing into the Regency period (1811-20) as background for The Merry Romances. I became distracted by the history and expanded my research to cover what I call the long Regency – from about 1780-1830. 
You can read what I mean by this in my all-time top post: When is the Regency era? 
As a result of my research, I decided to set the first book, A Perfect Match, in 1788-9, some 20 years before the start of the Regency. The five sequels tell the stories of the children from the couple who got together in the first book. A Reason for Romance is set in 1810 and A Single Obsession (due to be published in 2022) is set in 1811. 
My first post went up on this blog on 1 October 2011 and this is my 357th blog post (not including pages). I’ve researched lots of different areas of Regency era life as well as some of the people who lived in late Georgian Britain and the places they lived in and visited. I’ve blogged about exhibitions and events and posted reviews of historical non-fiction and clean Regency era romance as well as cheat guides to some of the classic novels of the period. 
You may have read lots of these posts or perhaps you have only recently discovered my blog. You will find a list of what I’ve blogged about here or in the index tab, except for my Regency romance reviews which have got their own index under Regency reviews. 
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My all-time top 30 posts (clickable links)
The first quadrille at Almack's from The Reminiscences and Recollections of Captain Gronow (1850)
A drawing room at St James' Palace from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)

Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Thomas Gainsborough in South Sketch Gallery, Chatsworth

Peers (from left to right): duke, marquess, earl, viscount, baron from A book explaining the ranks and  dignitaries of British Society (1809)

George III in a white wig; George IV, Maria Fitzherbert and William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire, showing the effect of powder in the hair
Part of the Forum, Rome (2005)
Ladies in a phaeton from Gallery of Fashion by Nikolaus von Heideloff (1794)
The Opera House from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)
Lady Elizabeth Foster, later Duchess of Devonshire, in South Sketch Gallery, Chatsworth
A collage of 40 Regency headdresses and hairstyles by year 1811-20 from La Belle Assemblée and Ackermann's Repository

Ladies' voucher for Almack's - used with kind permission STG Misc. Box 7 (Almack's Voucher) © The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
George Brummell from The History of White's  by Hon Algernon Bourke (1892)

Lyme Park - Pemberley
Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester from A Biographical Memoir of Frederick,  Duke of York and Albany by John Watkins (1827)
Andrew and Rachel Knowles as "Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy"
Vauxhall Gardens from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)
Detail from Merton College, Oxford: a marriage ceremony  in the chapel by J Bluck (1813) after AC Pugin Wellcome Collection used under Creative Commons Licence (CC BY 4.0)
Ballroom, Scarborough, from Poetical Sketches of Scarborough by F Wrangham, W Combe and J B Papworth Pub Ackermann (1813) from Metropolitan Museum of Art
Carlton House from Pall Mall from Ackermann's Repository (1809)
Highest Life in London - Tom & Jerry 'sporting a toe' among the Corinthians at Almacks in the West by IR & G Cruikshank in Tom and Jerry: Life in London by P Egan (1869 first pub 1821)
Nostell Priory
Brummell as an old man from The History of White's  by Hon Algernon Bourke (1892)
The Orchestra at Vauxhall from London Pleasure  Gardens of the 18th Century by W & AE Wroth (1896)
From left: Lady Anne Barnard, Lady Elizabeth Foster and Lady Caro Lamb
Gold State Coach at the Royal Mews, Buckingham Palace
Tom getting the best of a Charley by George Cruikshank (1820) from The man of pleasure by R Nevill (1913)
Mrs Fitzherbert from The Creevey Papers (1904)
Sir William presents Elizabeth Bennet to Mr Darcy as a desirable partner by C E Brock (1895) From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1895 edition)
The House of Commons from The Microcosm of London (1808-10)

Headshot of Rachel Knowles author with sea in background(2021)
Rachel Knowles writes clean/Christian historical romance set in the time of Jane Austen. She has been sharing her research on this blog since 2011. Rachel lives in the beautiful Georgian seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset, on the south coast of England, with her husband, Andrew.

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