Social Success: Horse Riding Hints for Victorian Ladies

Before we proceed to the subject of horse riding, there is an important matter of vulgarity which must be urgently addressed. And while this matter has nothing to do with the business of actually riding a horse, it is nevertheless of the utmost importance. It cannot be overlooked. So, although this is perhaps not the …

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

In the management of any respectable Victorian household, neatness, tidiness, good taste and economy all have their place. However, a home should not just be a warm place to sit by the fire, but a place which warms the heart as well. While that might perhaps sound a little too quaint, and while some might …

Social Success: A Victorian Guide to Proper Pronunciation (Part Two)

After our first foray in to the world of proper pronunciation for Victorian ladies and gentleman, it seems that a second consideration of this weighty matter would not go amiss. After all, it is very important that a lady or gentleman not only looks the part, or acts the part, but also sounds the part. …

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

As we have already considered this matter for ladies, it seems only fair that we now turn our attention to the gentlemen. After all, dress is not a primarily female concern and it would be silly to pretend that no man has ever been perturbed by the sense that he has not quite ‘got it …

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 …

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 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 …

Life And Style: The Victorian Language of Flowers (Lesson Three)

And so, once more, we are to delve into the secretive and mysterious world of the language of flowers. Except, with the help of Behind The Past, it will not be secretive and mysterious for you! And, as the April showers fall and spring begins to appear, who is to say that the new season …

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 …

Review: Queen Victoria’s Children

First shown in January 2013, this three-part documentary series has recently been repeated and is currently available on BBC iPlayer at the time of writing. This post reviews first episode, The Best Laid Plans..., which explored the relationship between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and how this in turn impacted upon their relationship with their …