Monthly Archives: November 2013

Happenings During the Reign of William IV: The Oxford Movement, the Beginning of Anglo-Catholicism

The Oxford Movement was a movement of High Church Anglicans, eventually developing into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, whose members were often associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the reinstatement of lost Christian traditions of faith and their inclusion into … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin’s 1839 “Voyage of the Beagle”

The Voyage of the Beagle is a title commonly given to the book written by Charles Darwin and published in 1839 as his Journal and Remarks, bringing him considerable fame and respect. The title refers to the second survey expedition … Continue reading

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Happenings During the Reign of William IV: The UK Reasserting Control of the Falkland Islands

The United Kingdom sent two naval vessels to reassert British sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in December 1832, after the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (part of which later became Argentina) ignored British diplomatic protests over the … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: Henry Bell and the PS Comet, the First Commercially Successful Steamboat Service in Europe

The paddle steamer PS Comet was built for Henry Bell, hotel and baths owner in Helensburgh. With the steamer, Bell began a passenger service on 15 August 1812 on the River Clyde between Glasgow and Greenock; it was the first … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrities: Henry Bell, Pioneer in the Development of the Steamship

Henry Bell (7 April, 1767 – 14 March, 1830) was a Scottish engineer who is famed for introducing the first successful passenger steamboat service in Europe. Early Career Bell was born at Torphichen, near Bathgate, West Lothian in 1767 and … Continue reading

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Exploring the UK: Badbury Rings in Dorset

Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hill fort in east Dorset, England. It was in the territory of the Durotriges. In the Roman era a temple was located immediately west of the fort, and there was a Romano-British town known … Continue reading

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Regency Scandal: Princess Charlotte’s Indiscretions

In the spring of 1812, George IV’s attempted to pique his daughter’s, Princess Charlotte of Wales, interest in William of Orange. The move would have strengthened England’s alliance with the Netherlands. Orange had lived in exile in England and had … Continue reading

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Actors Who Have Portrayed Multiple Austen Characters

Daphne Slater took on the parts of Anne Elliot in Perusasion 1960 and that of Elizabeth Bennet in the 1952 production of Pride and Prejudice. Phyllida Law played Mrs. Austen in Miss Austen Regrets and Mrs. Bates in Emma 1996. … Continue reading

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November 5 ~ Guy Fawkes’ Day

Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Day, Bonfire Night and Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a … Continue reading

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Regency Happenings: The Founding of The Royal Doulton Company

The Royal Doulton Company was an English company producing tableware and collectables, dating from 1815. Operating originally in London, its reputation grew in The Potteries, where it was a latecomer compared to Royal Crown Derby, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood, Spode and … Continue reading

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