Archive for February, 2016

Although my sailing schedule and lack of internet are preventing me from blogging, I’ve decided to share bogs I think you might like!

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Romance of London: Strange Stories, Scenes And Remarkable Person of the Great Town in 3 Volumes

John Timbs

John Timbs (1801-1875), who also wrote as Horace Welby, was an English author and aficionado of antiquities. Born in Clerkenwell, London, he was apprenticed at 16 to a druggist and printer, where he soon showed great literary promise. At 19, he began to write for Monthly Magazine, and a year later he was made secretary to the magazine’s proprietor and there began his career as a writer, editor, and antiquarian.

This particular book is available at googlebooks for free in ebook form. Or you can pay for a print version.

Carlton1 The frontage of Carlton House

Carlton House and the Regency

The Prince Regent’s residence at Carlton House is another place frequently mentioned in historical fiction that is no longer in existence. I had heard that it burned down, but Timbs reports…

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Anne Gracie help me get through the last passage!

Rakes And Rascals

I’m delighted to welcome Award Winning author ANNE GRACIE to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.

Thanks, Carol – I’m delighted to be here.



Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?

I was born in the summer holidays in Warrambool, a seaside town where my grandparents lived. Mum, Dad and the three older kids were camping in a tent. Mum left the tent to have me, so I was practically born in a tent, which is my excuse whenever I forget to shut a door! I never lived in that town, though and in fact we moved a lot for my dad’s job, including one year in Scotland when I was eight (Abernethy, in Perthshire.) We always lived in or on the edge of small country towns, which suited me perfectly, as I could roam endlessly…

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Great post on Rotten Row!

The Regency Redingote

The most fashionable bridle path in all of Regency London was Rotten Row in Hyde Park. It has been a very popular setting in countless Regency romance novels all the way back to Georgette Heyer. Rotten Row is still maintained as a bridle path in Hyde Park even today. However, there have been changes made to Rotten Row over the years, so that the Row today is not the same Row along which fashionable ladies and gentlemen of the Regency rode to see and be seen.

What are the origins of Rotten Row, how did it get its name, and what was it like during the years of the Regency?

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