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 …

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

It is always possible to tell if someone is a lady, regardless of what they are wearing. A lady is unfailingly polite and considerate. Manners and morals are the mark of a true lady, not her dress, and certainly not her dedication to fashion. Nevertheless, a lady will always endeavour to be appropriately attired. By …

Social Success: Five Pieces Of Regency Etiquette (Part Five)

In this most recent five-point guide to proper etiquette, we take the display of accomplishments as our theme. It has often been remarked that young ladies are now more accomplished than ever before. We are taught to dance and sing and play and paint and embroider and the list goes on... But all of these …

Social Success: The Regency Ladies’ Guide To Managing The Social Expectations Of Gentlemen

The title of this piece, while hoping to be vaguely amusing, is not in any way intended to disparage men. Men and women are equally possessed of the ability to embody many amiable qualities and laudable virtues. Indeed, if all of us were as amiable and virtuous as we perhaps ought to be, then no …

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

One of the central tasks carried out by the mistress of an establishment is the management of its social calendar. This is no small task, and not one to be undertaken lightly. It entails many duties, from paying calls to securing invitations. A particularly perilous task is to be found in the hosting of a …

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

Once again, we charge headlong into the fray of proper etiquette. However, one need not be afraid, if one is properly armed. And with the help of our carefully crafted series of guides, armed you most certainly are! And so, with part four, we will largely discuss the topics of morning and evening activities, and …

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

Once again, it is time for us to rush into the fray of popular etiquette. Knowing how to act and behave is absolutely imperative to the art of social climbing. Of course, when you have the biggest house and more money than everyone else, you’ll find that people become suddenly very understanding of your blunders …

Social Success: Five Pieces of Victorian Etiquette (Part Three)

Behind The Past has once again delved into the social niceties of our age in order to furnish you with the finest points of etiquette in handy, bite-sized chunks. While some may argue that etiquette is becoming obsolete in our increasingly mobile and mechanical world, it is our contention that manners (and their good friend, …

Social Success: Top Ten Victorian Toasts

Well, it’s that time of year, that moment of a party, when many a gentleman feels a chill running down his spine, or perhaps the sweat pooling at his brow. He has been called upon – merrily, jovially, convivially – to propose a toast. And his mind has gone blank, save for visions of himself …

Social Success: Tips For The Perfect Victorian Dinner

As this is the time of year for getting together and making merry, Behind The Past thought it was time to assemble a few general hints and directions regarding that all-important meal: dinner. With our handy list of basic tips, you’ll be certain to have a thorough grounding in all of the essentials, which will …