Category Archives: Living in the UK

Testing the Money: The Trial of Pyx

The Trial of Pyx is a near-800 year old ceremony to test Britain’s coinage. The Trial of the Pyx dates as far back as 1249. The Queen’s Remembrancer oversees the ceremony. Until the 19th century this duty was undertaken at the … Continue reading

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The Ceremony of Quit Rents

Have you ever heard of this tradition? The Ceremony of Quit Rents is the oldest legal ceremony in England (other than the coronation). It occurs between St Michael’s Day (October 11) and St Martin’s Day (November 11). On October 17, … Continue reading

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Life Below Stairs: English Servants Emigrating to Australia, the U. S., and Canada

Young girls who set out for Australia to earn a living as a domestic servant, opportunities to marry were not out of the question. In England, seduction ruled, but these young girls entered a different world, where they could consider … Continue reading

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The Red House Carriage Museum in Derbyshire

Recently, Sophia Turner did this wonderful post on Austen Authors regarding the Red House Carriage Museum she discovered on one of her journeys to England. I have asked her to share it with you.  The wonderful Red House Carriage Museum is … Continue reading

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Learning to Be the “Lady of the Manor”

 Ladies in a country house were expected to practice the “correct” moral, social, and religious customs of the day. Not only were them women judged by these standards, but so were the rest of their family, especially if they acted … Continue reading

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AARRGGHH!! The Need for Historical Accuracy…

Research . . . AARGH!!!! One of the best parts of being a writer is learning new things. However, one of the worst parts of being a writer is researching those new things. As I am certain everyone who writes … Continue reading

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Fitzwilliam Darcy: Hero or Bad Boy? Guest Post from Martine Roberts

This post was originally posted on Austen Authors, but I thought it worthy of a second look. From Martine Roberts we have a post on our favorite Austen hero (or it that our favorite bad boy)? IT is a truth universally … Continue reading

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