Five Interesting Facts About the Regency Era

February 5th, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Giveaway, Guest Post 57 Comments

5th Feb

Today Sourcebook is here to share some goodies and a guest post from Jane Ashford in celebration of her upcoming release, The Bride Insists. Grab a copy of coffee and some of the fresh scones I baked *shoves box from bakery under sofa and smiles*….

Jane Ashford has a BRAND NEW book coming out in March 2014

The Bride Insists
The Bride Insists
by Jane Ashford
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
March 4, 2014
Pre-order: Amazon

Sparks fly in this sexy, fast-paced Regency romance by acclaimed, bestselling author Jane Ashford
When governess Clare Greenough learns she’s inherited a fortune, the good news comes with a catch: it will be held by her cousin until Clare can find a husband. To stave off ruin, Jamie Boleigh, the seventh Baron of Trehearth, agrees to marry Clare under the condition that she controls the money, a provision he hopes to overturn. Their passionate relationship becomes a battle of wills. When the cousin tricks Jamie into betraying his wife, he’ll have to prove the truth or lose her forever.

Doesn’t this sound like it will be fun..passions flying, arrangements, a scheming cousin..delicious!

Five Interesting Facts About the Regency Era

In honor of the recent rereleases of some of my backlist titles, as well as the coming March release of my brand new book, The Bride Insists, I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts I’ve learned about the Regency Era… enjoy!

1. Lady Castlereagh, wife of England’s Foreign Secretary and haughty patroness of Almack’s, had a menagerie down at her country house. It included a bad-tempered tiger and an American mocking bird that would not sing. I’m using this interesting fact in the book I’m writing now.

2. Underdrawers were optional at that time. Nothing new about “going commando,” then. : )

3. Leeches were a popular treatment for many maladies. There were leech farms to meet the demand for millions of the little critters. If you inadvertently swallowed a leech, you had to drink a big glass of salt water right away.

4. Maintaining your own carriage in London was expensive. And only the very rich had the variety of vehicles we often hear about in a Regency romance – barouche, traveling carriage, high perch phaeton (think Porsche). Manure was pervasive, despite the best efforts of crossing sweepers.

5. What are those things that Regency ladies are offered to drink? The negus sipped at balls was essentially mulled wine – made with wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and spices such as nutmeg. Ratafia was a cordial combining brandy, assorted fruit juices, and fruit kernels or almonds. Orgeat was made from pounded almonds and sometimes flavored with orange water. The restorative hartshorn and water was no longer made of hart’s (deer) horn by Regency times, but was ammonia infused with water, akin to smelling salts. I’ll just have the lemonade, please.

Thanks for having me on Caffeinated Book Reviewer today!

Three of Jane Ashford’s beloved backlist titles are now back in print!

Look for Man of Honour, The Three Graces and The Marriage Wager in stores now!

For a chance to enter to win a prize package of all three of these wonderful backlist titles, leave us a comment below—tell us what time period you’d like to visit for a day, or leave a question for Jane. Open to US and Canada only.

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57 Responses to “Five Interesting Facts About the Regency Era”

  1. Stormi

    Okay, the leeches thing totally gave me the chills…ugh. I love the recency era…I want to find me a Lord…lol. Not sure which time during that era I like the most..but it’s weird that I am not a girly girl but I love the dresses from back then…lol.
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  2. Jo-Anne Boyko

    I would like to live in 1820 for a day. Though it was a dangerous time, living in the west then would have been a daily challenge.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Jo-Anne, depending on where I fell on the social ladder..LOL Although on my mother’s side we are related to the Duke and Duchess of Vaughan so it may have been wonderful.

  3. Diane Sallans

    good to know about the glass of salt water in case we swallow a leech! One day to visit would be plenty of time to check things out in Regency times, but I’d pick a house party at a grand residence.

    • Jane Ashford

      If you really want to know… 🙂 They were sometimes used for sore or infected throats. I understand the apothecary tied a string around a leech and lowered it down. But sometimes the leech got away!

  4. Tammy

    I think I like modern conveniences to go too far into the past. Maybe just go back to the day I was born 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Well, there was no computers, cell-phones when I was born.. I think I might like to try the future..LOL

  5. Candace

    I think I’d like to visit the middle ages, Victorian age or Regency. In that order is my preference, but honestly, I think I’d want a button to push in case of any sudden emergency. Particularly the middle ages. If it was only a day I might be good…
    This is a fascinating post! Swallowing a leech? YUCK-O!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am taking the Tardis Candace..that way I can zap out of there..hehehe

  6. erinf1

    I would also like to visit the regency era for a day just to see how the women navigated in all those skirts! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Jane on the newest release!

  7. Lark

    I’d love to visit either Elizabethan London (can I go to the Blackfriars to see a play by Shakespeare, please?) or Regency England (maybe a house party, maybe a London ball — I’ll take the lemonade, thanks. Or possibly tea.) But I certainly wouldn’t want to stay more than 24 hours.

    As for the leeches – I can almost tolerate the idea of them to reduce swelling and heavy bruising, for instance, but swallowing? Not even inadvertantly. No way they would get anywhere near my mouth.

    I’ll be watching for these back issues!

  8. Kelley

    This was such a fun post to read.

    I think I’d like to visit sometime in the 1920’s for just one day. I’ve always been in love with the whole flapper/prohibition era!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the roaring twenties too Kelley and would love to got to a speakeasy.

  9. Jo

    I’ve always loved the Regency Period – I think is a combination of the dresses and the unbelievably strict social mores.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree although I have a feeling I would have been outspoken.

  10. Natasha

    I would like to visit the Victorian ages.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Anita Yancey

    I would like to visit the American west during the 1800’s. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      What an excellent choice Anita..if only we could time travel!

  12. Vennie M.

    If I could choose any era in history I’d love it to be in the 1600s in England. All the fabulous clothes and jewelry.
    Oh, I almost forgot, I’d have to be very wealthy to live out my dream. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes we mustn’t forget the social would not be fun to go back as a chamber maid!