Category Archives: real life tales

The Significance of Birth Order in Jane Austen’s Novels, a Guest Post from Eliza Shearer

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on June 25, 2019. Enjoy!  Birth order has an impact on your personality and behaviour, according to many psychologists. Some of the stereotypes related to sibling birth order have primarily been confirmed by … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between a Peerage That is “Dormant,” “Extinct” or in “Abeyance”?

I was recently looking for names and titles to use for characters in a list of extinct  and abeyant peerages in an online copy of  Debrett’s from the mid 1800s. Some of the titles in abeyance had been in that state since the … Continue reading

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Jane Austen and the East India Company, Part 2 – a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on June 21, 2019. Enjoy!  If you missed it, you can read part one HERE.  In 1752 a young English woman traveled from the land of her birth to the continent of India … Continue reading

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A Debt-Ridden Inheritance During the Regency Era

In many Regency novels, either the hero inherits an estate/title that is deep in debt, not of his making, or the heroine’s father has died and left his family destitute, due to his gaming debts or his poor investments. Both … Continue reading

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The “Skinny” on Abdicating a Title During the Regency Era

Many times in Regency-based novels we have the situation where for one reason or another, the hero refused the title he has inherited and “abdicates” his new peerage. The question is whether this is a viable plot line.  The answer … Continue reading

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“King of the Road” or the Cost of Traveling in the Regency Era

In nearly every historical book set in the Regency, we find characters traveling by coach from one destination to the next. The question is: How expensive was it to do so?  First, the major roads during the Regency were TOLL … Continue reading

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Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex: Two Illegal Marriages

    The sixth son and ninth child of King George III and Queen Charlotte, Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, was known to have convulsive asthma’; therefore, he did not join his brothers Ernest, Duke of Cumberland, and Adolphus, … Continue reading

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