Social Success: Top Ten Regency Phrases and Expressions

A recent episode of Have I Got News For You included a discussion of Emojis as a form of language and communication, and it struck me how much language and communication can change (and, of course, stay the same). Emojis are, in a way, based on interpreting facial expressions. However, I should probably state here …

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Review: Wellington, The Iron Duke Unmasked

Drama and documentary are seamlessly blended together in this BBC2 biography of Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington. The use of actors to bring to life the letters and diaries of the Duke and those who knew him, as well as a varied mix of commentary and narration, provides a rich history of one of the …

In-Depth: The Politics of Regency Hairstyles

Regency hairstyles represented a shift in aesthetics. The Georgian period conjures up the image of large, powdered wigs (although it was normally only men who wore a full wig, women were more likely to ‘add’ to their hair for a more believable look). Regency fashion dictated a return to a more natural form, with a …

Review: Armada, 12 Days to Save England

Dan Snow’s latest documentary on the defeat of the Spanish Armada had something of the air of Hollywood about it. A clever mix of acting, action, narration, commentary and CGI brought this tense moment of history to life. Indeed, its greatest success on that score was achieved by underlining just how much hung in the …

Review: Tales From The Royal Wardrobe

Following on from her documentary last year, Tales from the Royal Bedchamber, Dr. Lucy Worsley this time explores the significance of the royal wardrobe. As ever, she makes her history playful and fun, prancing about replicas of various royal get-ups down the ages and describing Cromwell as a bit ‘rufty tufty’. Firstly, I have to …

In-Depth: Education for a Regency Lady

Education for young women is something we could view as a modern concern. After all, we now often talk about education in terms of how it prepares young people for work, and for their social and economic benefit. We view education for girls, in particular, as a feminist concern. We talk about teaching girls to …