During the Regency as well as today the words university and college are not interchangeable. In England college comes before university. For example, Eton College is the equivalent of US and Canadian high school. A university a place of higher education such as Oxford and Cambridge. This is true in Europe as well.

Although it’s customary now for students at university to graduate with degrees, during the Regency that was not necessarily the case. In only a few areas, legal studies (to be a barrister) and studies for the clergy required that one completed a course of study. Most young gentlemen went to university to make contacts and have fun.

The first two images are of Eton. The second two are of Oxford.


EtonEton 2


The Lords
I’ve gotten to a part in the book I’m writing (The Most Eligible Bride in London) where I needed to know whether the Lords has assigned seating. Well, I never did find the answer on Google, but I did find this which I thought might interest you.
No matter what you think about homosexuality, most of us know how draconian the laws were during the Regency. So, imagine not only my amazement, but those of others, to find a journal written by a farmer (a gentleman farmer perhaps) concerning his thoughts on homosexuality. It gives us reason to believe that it was not as universally condemned as we had thought. Or at least not in all circles. Around the same time a Navy physical was caught engaging in sex with a man and was hung.
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Crumpets originated in Wales several centuries ago, and were not like what we know as crumpets today until the Victorian era. When a bread oven was not available, they cooked on one side in a griddle set over a fire. They originally resembled hard pancakes. The Scottish version of a crumpet resembled a small pancake but cooked only on one side.
The first English recipe for crumpets came from The Experienced English Housekeeper, Elizabeth Raffald published in 1769. In the cookbook they were called picklets, which reportedly came from a Welsh word meaning dark or sticky cake. There is no agreement on where the name crumpet came from and suppositions range from a 14th century word crompid cake to the French crompâte to the Welsh word for pancakes. What is clear is that the crumpets we have come to love didn’t exist during the Regency.
The picture shows the difference between a Scottish crumpet and a pancake.
My understanding is that they were not served at breakfast. If I’m wrong, I welcome a correction.
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During the Regency, toast was a breakfast staple. It was originally a device to make stale bread more palatable, but quickly became a favorite food item.
Toast was made by spearing buttered, stale bread and toasting it over a fire. Unsurprisingly, special toasting forks were involved. Some of them were telescoping. If a servant was making the toast, he or she would would place the finished product in a toast rack to be served.
telescopic toasting forkToast rack
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As an author, I’m always checking the weather in the year my book is set. One would not, for example want to write about a nice hot summer in 1816 which was known as the Year Without Summer. Ergo, when I started my latest book set in 1819, I researched the weather and was particularly looking at air quality. For various reasons, air quality in London has been an on and off issue since the 14th century. But it was not until the Victorian era that it came to the point that greasy black residue covered buildings and even the grass (turning it black) in Hyde Park. So, during the Regency, one could be appalled by the smell of the Thames if the wind was in the wrong quarter, and buildings became dingy from coal smoke, but there the greasy residue was not yet a problem.

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Al Fresco

Much to my dismay, picnics as we know them did not seem to exist until the middle part of the 19th century. In fact, a picnic during the Regency was what we would call a pot-luck, where everyone contributes food. That does not mean they didn’t go outside, sit on a blanket, and eat. But it was called al fresco dining which could mean anything from an elaborate table set up to a blanket on the ground.

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