Social Success: Horse Riding Hints for Victorian Gentlemen

Following on from our earlier discussion regarding the proper conduct a lady ought to adopt when riding, it seems only right and fair that we should now address this matter for gentlemen as well. It would be rather poor form not to, and Behind The Past would not want any gentlemen readers to feel neglected. …

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Social Success: Horse Riding Hints for Victorian Ladies

Before we proceed to the subject of horse riding, there is an important matter of vulgarity which must be urgently addressed. And while this matter has nothing to do with the business of actually riding a horse, it is nevertheless of the utmost importance. It cannot be overlooked. So, although this is perhaps not the …

In-Depth: Seawater and Sea Bathing

It has been rather a while since the last In-Depth article, in which the Gin Craze was explored. Therefore, it seemed that a return to this section of the blog was more than a little overdue. In the Georgian era, sea bathing became a rather modish activity.[1] Seaside resorts grew up along the south coast …

Social Success: Five Hints on Victorian Household Management (Part Three)

In the management of any respectable Victorian household, neatness, tidiness, good taste and economy all have their place. However, a home should not just be a warm place to sit by the fire, but a place which warms the heart as well. While that might perhaps sound a little too quaint, and while some might …

Social Success: A Victorian Guide to Proper Pronunciation (Part Two)

After our first foray in to the world of proper pronunciation for Victorian ladies and gentleman, it seems that a second consideration of this weighty matter would not go amiss. After all, it is very important that a lady or gentleman not only looks the part, or acts the part, but also sounds the part. …

Social Success: Five Pieces of Regency Etiquette (Part Six)

Returning once more to aid any aspiring ladies and gentlemen in perfecting their knowledge of etiquette, Behind The Past will focus here on the conduct required of them in the ballroom. A ballroom is a place – or, at least, it ought to be a place – of elegance and refinement. It should be a …

Social Success: A Victorian Guide To Proper Pronunciation (Part One)

It can be terribly embarrassing to mispronounce things, particularly names. And some people take genuine offence if the pronunciation of their name or castle should falter on another person’s lips. If you are in any doubt as to the correct pronunciation, when in the midst of a conversation, it might just be best to talk …

Social Success: A Gentleman’s Guide To Fortune

Money is one of those often fraught and unfortunate matters which it sometimes seems impossible to escape. After all, how many times has it pitched up its tent in the centre of this concern or that quarrel? It is perhaps a rather beastly subject with which to grapple. Some might wish we could do away …

Life And Style: Hints On Matters Of Victorian Dress (Gentlemen’s Edition)

As we have already considered this matter for ladies, it seems only fair that we now turn our attention to the gentlemen. After all, dress is not a primarily female concern and it would be silly to pretend that no man has ever been perturbed by the sense that he has not quite ‘got it …

Social Success: Five Pieces Of Victorian Etiquette (Part Four)

In this fourth part in our collection of advice for the aspiring Victorian lady or gentleman, we shall turn our attention to behaviour whilst ‘out and about’. And, we shall take our guidance from our dear American cousins. Correct behaviour in the daily undertakings of life is as important as correct behaviour at the grandest …