Friday, February 15, 2008

Bucks, Blades and Sprigs: A Surprising Gallery of Regency Men

What do Beethoven, Mozart, Salieri, Rossini, Paganini and Moscheles have to do with the Regency? Or Donizetti, Mayr, Chopin and Gluck?

Aside from the fact that all these men were master musicians and composers, they all lived into or past the Regency. Their music, in most cases, might have been well known to a Regency miss or buck of the day. Furthermore, though they may not have lived in England during the period, they sported the same Empire or Regency style of dress, which I compiled and put into my last e-zine issue.

To see them you'll have to download the January issue of Upon My Word! (the Regency 'Zine) from my website. (click here)

Each month's issue of Upon My Word! this year will feature famous figures of the Regency, not strictly from England's shores, but from throughout Europe and even the United States. Why? Because I think that a good study of the Regency should include a sort of "worldview"--a timeline from all over western civilization and even the East. Getting a little more of the whole picture helps set the period firmly in its place in history. And as a writer of regency romance, it helps me remember what my heroine may have been reading, listening to, dancing to, and wearing. This month's issue will be out soon, and the "Famous Figures" feature is Authors and Poets. Don't miss it! (When you go to download the January issue, be sure to sign up and you'll be notified of every new release automatically.)

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Upon My Word! It's an Ezine about the Regency!

I couldn't call this my Regency blog if I didn't mention my monthly e-zine. In case you aren't already signed up to get it, Upon My Word! is always chock-full of Regency fun, fashion and facts that you'll want to see! Hop on over to my website and enter your email: that's all there is to it! You'll get a welcome email with a free downloadable ebook, as well as a once-a-month glimpse at Regency England in the ezine. The January issue is available on the site for downloading, and future issues will be sent right to your inbox. Go here: and sign up now!

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Beau Brummell, King George
The Prince Regent and Princess Caroline
Female fashions,
Male fashions,
Focus on hats,
Miniature portraits,
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

An Image Gallery

Welcome to the Lorgnette: A Regency (Historical) Blog.

This is my scrapbook, a place to share the wonderful and whimsical things I come across that concern the Regency. Stick with me, and you'll learn a great deal about the period, though we may jump around from fashion to fiction, from place (geography) to face (people). If you can handle my haphazard approach to the era, then please, have a seat and get out your lorgnette: let's do some viewing together! (Lorgnette--French, from lorgner, to peer at, from Old French, from lorgne, squinting, of Germanic origin.)

What is a lorgnette? (pronounced lorn-yet) A small pair of spectacles on a handle or chain, used by ladies during the Regency. It was the equivalent of the gentleman's quizzing glass, which men often kept in a waistcoat pocket or on a fob. A lady might have worn her lorgnette around the neck on a chain, or kept a handled specimen in her reticule, or pocket of a gown--if there was a pocket. The reticule grew in popularity as the empire style did, since, as these high-waisted light dresses lacked pockets, the reticule, virtually an outside pocket, became a necessity.