Tag Archives: dowager

Use of the Word “Dowager” During the Regency Era

In the Regency, the word dowager was used in newspapers, letters, the Gazette,¬† and on letters. One was never addressed as a “Dowager.” One does not say, “Good day, Dowager Countess.” The woman is simply addressed as a “Lady So-and-So.” … Continue reading

Posted in British history, customs and tradiitons, Georgian England, Georgian Era, history, language choices, Living in the Regency, Regency era, titles of aristocracy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

What is a “Dowager”? How is She Addressed?

¬†Likely, when someone uses the word “Dowager,” images of Dame Maggie Smith’s portrayal of Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham from “Downton Abbey” fame. But what does the word “dowager” mean? According to Wikipedia, a dowager is a widow who holds … Continue reading

Posted in British history, Georgian England, Georgian Era, Regency era, titles of aristocracy | Tagged , , ,

Has Lady Violet Crawley, Countess of Grantham, Made Being a “Dowager” Popular Again?

Of late, I am once again dealing with the term “dowager” in one of my works in progress (WIP). The Earl of Remmington’s mother resides at one of his smaller estates. As she is the widow of the late earl, … Continue reading

Posted in British history, Great Britain, Jane Austen, Living in the Regency, Regency era | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

A Regency Lexicon – And Then There Was “D”

A Regency Lexicon The Daily Courant – England’s first daily newspaper; founded in 1702 Damask – a fancy silk or linen fabric used for table linen; usually had a flower design raised “Dark Lady” – sometimes used to refer to … Continue reading

Posted in British history, Regency era | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment