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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.

#RegencyTrivia #HistoricalRomance #RegencyRomance #HistoricalFiction

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