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 …

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

It has been said that our age admires and desires quiet domesticity more than any other. Yet no happy bliss will ever be achieved where disorder and discord have been allowed to take root. It is the lot of the mistress of the house to create and maintain her circle (however large or small) of …

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: 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: Promoting Victorian Carols

While the singing of carols to celebrate Christmas is by no means new, it is a tradition which has been given a new lease of life in recent years. Along with other imports and innovations which have seen the celebration of Christmas grow from a small holiday to a grand festive period, carols are now …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Social Success: Suitable Careers for Respectable Regency Gentlemen

Well, the obvious answer is that a respectable Regency gentleman has no need of a career. Indeed, some would say that the mark of a gentleman is that he never appears to be engaged in the act of supporting himself and his family. Rumour has it that Lord Wellington, in particular, is somewhat suspicious of …

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 …