Social Sucess: How to Walk Like a Regency Lady

To complement our earlier discussion regarding how to walk like a Regency gentleman, Behind The Past is delighted to present its guide for ladies. It is perhaps best to begin by considering the benefits of walking. The current fashions demand a ‘natural look’ and a gentle flush from a pleasant walk is perfect for achieving …

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Social Success: A Victorian Guide to Ladylike Composure

To be a lady, or at least, a successful lady, one must possess more than the simply trappings of the role. It is all well and good (and certainly helpful) to have the right clothes, address and accent. However, one cannot truly be a lady unless one behaves like one. A lady should have an …

Etiquette: Five Pieces of Victorian Etiquette (Part Two)

Following on from our previous post on this topic, Behind The Past is pleased to announce a further small overview of some key points of Victorian etiquette. Of particular interest to ladies and gentlemen who want to know how best to mix with their peers and betters, and to conduct themselves in social situations, these …

Social Success: Suitable Activities For Respectable Regency Ladies

A well-born and well-bred lady will know from her earliest days that the vociferous and perhaps, at time, intemperate actions of her brothers can never be repeated by herself. A true lady should be amiable, restrained and circumspect in her actions and behaviours. The hustle and bustle of a busy, public life should hold no …

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

The Victorian social climber has a hard road to walk. While this glorious revolution in trade and industry has certainly provided the clever and ambitious with ample opportunity to make their fortune, Society has long been suspicious of ‘new money’. One of the ways it seeks to guard itself is with a series of etiquette …

Social Success :The Art of the Calling Card

Following on from our earlier discussion of how to pay a call in Regency Society, we now turn our attention to the art of the calling card. The correct usage of the calling card shows good manners and propriety. It displays to your friends, and importantly those who you hope to soon count among your …

Social Success: How to Pay a Call in Regency Society

The paying and returning of calls, and doing so correctly, is one of the key points of etiquette of our present times. In metaphorical terms, it is the oil which keeps the social wheel turning. Paying and returning calls is the way one makes and furthers acquaintances, or alternatively, ends them. There are a series …

Social Success: How to Throw a Regency House Party

Congratulations, you’ve made it. You won that prize, your business boomed, you ensnared that heir (or heiress)... Whatever you did, it worked, and you’ve made it in Regency society. You’re the proud proprietor of a country house. So, this begs the question: what are you going to do with it? Why, throw a party of …

Social Success: Ballroom Etiquette for the Aspiring Regency Lady

There is nothing quite as wonderful as a ball. And, with the marriage market as competitive as it is, it is imperative that the aspiring young lady makes full use of this opportunity, in order to secure an advantageous marriage. So, should you find yourself at a ball on the lookout for your very own …

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

Following on from my previous post on this topic, five pieces of advice might not be entirely sufficient to carry you through all the perilous social situations which could arise in Regency ‘polite’ society. So, just to help you out, here are five more import pieces of Regency etiquette: A gentleman would never, ever smoke …