Social Success: Paying Calls and Making Conversation

The art of paying and returning calls is a subject we will most certainly return to again and again. Calls are, after all, absolutely instrumental to the development of an active, productive and (we hope) happy social life. If you stop engaging in calls, you will soon find that your circle of acquaintance shrinks and …

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Calling Cards: Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey

Lady Jersey is one of the most estimable personages of our day, and it has been a pleasure to receive her calling card. Born Sarah Sophia Fane in March 1785, she was the eldest daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland and Sarah Fane, Countess of Westmorland. Yet the match between her parents had …

Calling Cards: Frances Abington

The latest addition to the new Calling Card section is Mrs Frances Abington. A famed and adored actress, and a noted for her keen taste in fashion, Mrs Abington is one of the celebrities of the age. Her origins and early life are somewhat elusive, but it is believed that she was born Frances Barton …

Calling Cards: Beau Brummell

In June 1778, George Byron ‘Beau’ Brummell was born to a perfectly normal and non-descript family in Berkshire. Indeed, it is perhaps indicative of the boisterous nature of the present times that he rose up through Society (and then fell from it) in such a spectacular manner. Educated at Eton and then Oxford, Brummell began …

Calling Cards: Princess Lieven

It is with this post that we introduce a new section to The Nineteenth Century Handbook. While how-to, lifestyle and etiquette guides will help you to mix and mingle with Regency and Victorian society, you’ll also need to know their ‘movers and shakers’. The new ‘Calling Cards’ section should help you to appear well-informed (or …