Life and Style: The Scandalous Waltz

One of the great shocks and scandals of the Regency period was the introduction of the waltz. It become popular in Vienna in the 1780s, but didn’t make its first appearance in England until 1810. And it wasn’t met with a warm reception. Considered indecent and disreputable, even by the ‘fast’ set of Regency society, …

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Social Success: How to Walk Like a Regency Gentleman

First impressions count, and when you are newly arrived in town, they may well count for everything. If you fail to cut a striking figure, a dashing pose, or properly return a salute, you may well find that doors are closed and the calling cards dry up at your door. There are two ways to …

Life and Style: A Guide to Victorian Wallpaper

The middle classes, who had already begun to grow in the early nineteenth century, expanded even further in the Victorian era. This was something of a boom period and there was a lucky section of society who came to possess a buying power which would have been unimaginable within their family just a few generations earlier. So, …