In-Depth: Seawater and Sea Bathing

It has been rather a while since the last In-Depth article, in which the Gin Craze was explored. Therefore, it seemed that a return to this section of the blog was more than a little overdue. In the Georgian era, sea bathing became a rather modish activity.[1] Seaside resorts grew up along the south coast …

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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: How To Spend Your Regency Evening After A Dinner Party

Perhaps it might make more sense to begin by advising you how to spend your evening at home, rather than abroad. But parties are infinitely more fun, as a general rule, and so we shall begin this way. We shall get around to cosy, homely evenings in due course. So, imagine the scene. You have …

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 …

Life And Style: A Regency Guide To Wrapping Up Warm

While this time of year should really see the weather improving and the sunshine returning, it seems that dear Mother Nature is unwilling to play nicely. In response to this unseasonable weather, Behind The Past has created a guide to help you keep warm in style. After all, elegance is the highest calling for 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 …

Life And Style: A Lady’s Guide To The Regency Morning

In this age of elegance, what is one to do with the many hours of all play and no work? Jack may very well become a dull boy indeed, toiling away at his desk. But the young lady who sits in languorous boredom will, after a not particularly long length of time, also find herself …

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 …

Life And Style: Ton-Spotting

The ton move among the first circles of Society. They are the wealthy, the fashionable and the high-born. Having made your way up to London for the Season, you may decide to indulge yourself in a little Ton-Spotting... Now, this can serve as an amusing diversion, or as a way to mark out targets (or, …