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Tea carts or tea trolleys (US). According to the Oxford English Dictionary and Webster’s Dictionary The term did not exist until around 1933. So what did they have during the Regency? A tea tray was used, and tea tables had been in existence since the late 17th century.
As you can see below, tea tables came in all shapes and sizes. I’ve also posted pictures of tea-carts.
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During the Regency love matches were not the norm. They were a fairly new idea. Although, there had been love matches throughout history one of the most famous being Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England. Girls, especially, were raised to expect an arranged match. Although, not everyone does what is expected of them. However, the times they were a changing—at least for a few. Authors like Jane Austen as well as philosophers of the day were responsible for some of that change in thinking love matches were superior to an arranged match. That marriage should be a partnership rather than the gentleman always being in charge. Romance novels were denigrated because they supported the idea of a love match. Many people considered love matches to be vulgar.

If a couple did fall in love and wish to marry it is important to remember that the man and woman were still usually members of the same class. Gentlemen could marry down and survive socially (yes I know there were problems for the wife, but we’ll get to that at another time), ladies rarely could. And unless one was ready to flee to Gretna Green, or old enough to marry without the permission of a parent or guardian (both of which had a whole host of problems associated with those behaviors) the courtship would still take place under the eye of Polite Society. Young ladies would be warned against wearing their hearts on their sleeves. They would not be allowed to be alone until they were engaged, and gentleman was still in the position of having to petition the father or guardian for permission to address the lady. Once married, the couple would be considered unfashionable if they lived in each other’s pockets. I could not find any data on how many couples married for love or if those marriages fared any better than arranged matches. The romance writer in me hopes they did. Then again, look what happened to Eleanor and Henry.

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An arranged marriage

An arranged marriage was the most common type of marriage during the Regency and beyond. In fact, in many cultures arranged marriages are still the norm. An arranged marriage is one in which a parent (normally the father) or guardian decides who the (mostly) young lady would wed. The negotiations could be with the potential groom or the groom’s parent or guardian. Sometimes the couple would know each other, but it was a very real possibility they would not. Settlements would be negotiated and, if the lady was not a minor she would also have to sign the agreements.

The question always arises as to whether the lady could refuse to marry the gentleman chosen for her. The short answer and the legal answer is yes she could. However, this is when it’s important to remember the culture of the time. A great deal of familial pressure would be brought to bear. This could be in the form of threatening to cast her off or some other punishment. Unless she was lucky and had a family member such as a grandmother or aunt that would help her she’d find herself without recourse.

Gentlemen had more options, but again, family pressure was nothing to be ignored.

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A marriage of convenience was just that. Two people deciding to marry because it was of mutual benefit to both parties. The marriage would be consummated, children were expected, but love was not part of the marriage. Although it could be hoped for at a later date.

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There seems to be some confusion as to which type of marriage meant there would be no marital relations. If a couple agreed to enter into a white marriage it meant that they both agreed there would be no conjugal relations between the couple. I imagine there could be many or at least several reasons for contracting a white marriage.
 
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During the Regency there was an important decision between a commoner and a person who is common born.

Everyone who was not a peer, peeress, or royal was a commoner. That includes the sons and daughters of peers. Even that gentleman with a courtesy title is a commoner. This distinction is important. Peers and peeresses had several privileges. They could not be thrown into debtor’s prison. If brought up on allegations of a crime or in a civil suit (even divorce) the trial had to take place in the House of Lords.

A person that was common born was not part of the gentry. In other words, the person was of a lower social class. Another way of putting it is that the person is not gently born.

 

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The Marquis She's Been Waiting For ebook

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Dashing as they may be, Ella Quinn’s eligible bachelors have much to learn about life and love. Fortunately, just the right ladies are willing to instruct them . . .
Lady Dorcus Calthorp, daughter of the Marquis of Huntington, loved and lost during her first Season, leaving her suspicious of gentlemen. Now Dorie finds herself with no marital prospects in sight—until Alexander, the newly elevated Marquis of Exeter, arrives in town. Handsome, charming, and an interesting conversationalist, he at first seems to be her perfect match. Then Dorie discovers he may not be seeking a wife so much as a land steward…
After learning of his father’s death, Alexander returns home to find his mother has run off with his land steward, leaving his younger sisters with their governesses. The most expedient solution is a wife who will take the household and estate in hand while he assumes his role in parliament. Lady Dorie meets all the requirements—until she makes a surprising proposal. Instead of marrying Alexander, she will tutor him in his duties, freeing him to find his heart’s match. Yet the more Dorie teaches him, the more he longs to change their course of study—to love. And with the end of the Season nearing, he doesn’t have much time…
 
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