March 2009 Regency Reflections Volume 4, Issue 3 March, Morning Walking Dress
The Regency: A Man's World?
It has been said that during the Regency a man's
time was his own, while a woman was expected to engage in only a
few genteel pastimes.
For instance, only men were free to vote, hold office, box,
fence, hunt, drive alone, shoot, attend a club, drink, play cricket, dine out freely with
other men, game (gamble), race, and even womanize.
Furthermore, only a son could usually inherit titles, and, most of the time, the accompanying lands and estate. And whatever pursuits he undertook--whether noble or not--would rarely jeopardize his standing with society. Whatever his private life, he could still dine with lords and mix with the highest sets, if his title, breeding, or status paved the way. A rare exception might be if he proved himself dishonorable by cheating at cards. (Imagine a world where dishonor was possible through cheating at cards, but not on your wife.)
There were some women who got away with having affairs; but they were already married. If a single woman, on the other hand, attracted the merest scent of sexual immorality before marriage, she was "ruined," while with men it didn't really matter how they behaved.
The emphasis for them was to take care of the family estate by siring an heir. Whether or not they maintained sexual integrity, or honour, or moral fortitude was more of a personal choice; Fortunately, many men had well-developed moral codes, and Jane Austen's books, for instance, often highlight the negative social consequences caused by the actions of those who lacked them.
Other avenues open to men but not women included entering the army or navy, or going into the church. Both (the military and the Church) were popular vocations for second or third sons throughout the regency. Finally, if a man had independent means such as rich parents or a large fortune, he could also choose to simply be "a man about town."
The best dressed and best looking men about town were usually the beaux and dandies. (Do not mistake dandies with fops--even the Prince Regent had years of dandified glory until he grew too large to cut a fine figure).
The dandy is the style of male figure most regency romances rely upon to some extent for their heros. None of Austen's heros are mere idlers, even Mr. Darcy, and all are endowed with a deep sense of justice and honour. My own Mr. Mornay (from, Before the Season Ends) is independently wealthy due to his tenanted estate and other properties which he runs with meticulous care, and he has a great sense of fairness and morality that stands him in good stead as a proper hero.
Finally, only men were allowed to be University educated. Women often were schooled at home, or were self-taught, and there was always the occasional Young Lady's Academy, but nothing more. Some, (like Jane Austen) became novelists, but most of these women were quick to let their public know they were doing it to support their children. Others, like Mary Anne Evans later in the century, used a male nom de plume. (George Eliot), as it was thought inappropriate for women to write novels.
Linore Rose Burkard
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Jane Quote of the Month (And Contest!)
|"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands."
FIRST person who emails me with the correct citation of this quote will win an autographed free copy of the original version of Before the Season Ends.
Contest Rules: Was this spoken by Jane, or did one of her characters say it? If it was a character, you must include the name of the character, and the book in which it appears.
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And the winner is...(February's Contest)
, who received a free copy of Before the Season Ends
! Marcie opened her newsletter less than an hour after it was distributed, and got her answer to me first. Here's the quote and the answer:
"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
The correct answer:
Henry Tilney, from the book Northanger Abbey.
Some of you were so smart as to give me the context of the conversation (between Henry and Catherine). For this reason, I'm listing all the Honorable Mentions--those who answered late but correctly. (See below, right-hand column) From this group, a second winner was chosen for a free copy of my book, which was: Karen Smidt.
Congratulations Marcie and Karen, and thanks to all who entered!
Pride, Prejudice--and Marvel Comics!
More Regency Links
If you live in Louisiana, did you catch
The Old Mandeville Jane Austen Festival?
This sounded wonderful.
An excellent article about how Ms. Austen is affecting the lives of disadantaged London teens--today.
4. She Walks in Beauty--revisited. This time, it's the intro to
3. The Regency World of Jane Austen
March 21, 2009 Smithsonian Program
"An overview of the history, art and
architecture, and social customs of Jane Austen's time, including characters
like the Duke of Wellington, Beau Brummell, and the Prince Regent (later George
IV). Also includes a look at the historic city of Bath."
[Oh, how I wish I could go!]
"Vanity Fair" with Reese Witherspoon. A beautiful treatment of a very regency film. Thanks to my dear friend and fellow historical romance author Rita Gerlach for sending me the YouTube link.
5. II Divo "Amazing Grace" Hear their rendition of the song that was penned in 1773 by Englishman John Newton, a slave trader turned cleric. His personal song of redemption has become an anthem for millions of people who have experienced conversion. It was set to the music we know today in 1835.
6. I wasn't even going to mention this, as I find the whole idea "exceedingly" repugnant. However, people are calling this a new edition of Pride and Prejudice. ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies") I beg to differ. It's really just an intrusion of tastelessness into a formerly elegant dwelling; Jane had a cutting sense of
humour, but I can't see her enjoying this. It's like putting graffiti on the
Mona Lisa. (No link included. I just can't do it!)
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The House in Grosvenor Square--Coming Soon!
Finally! There's less than a month before Grosvenor Square hits the bookstores!
Here's a one sentence plot description (SPOILER! If you haven't read BTSE yet, skip this section.)
Ariana and Mr. Mornay, following a
rocky courtship, are finally betrothed and have set a wedding date, but strange things begin to happen in the house in Grosvenor Square, and when two brothers
with a grudge decide to abduct the future bride to prevent the wedding altogether, what
can Mr. Mornay do to stop them, and, if they succeed, will he ever get her back?
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Coach and Four
A Newly Revised Short Story by Linore!
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Linore Rose Burkard
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Before the Season Ends
Romantic woes at home send lovely Miss Ariana Forsythe to fashionable Mayfair in London to stay with her wealthy aunt for the Season. What happens when this determined young woman of faith crosses paths with the Paragon, London's darling rogue, and scandal ensues? Ariana finds herself obliged to live a lie--but is it a lie? Will she end up betrothed to the wrong man, or could it be that all the mixed-up events are somehow leading her right to where her heart is? Her faith is turned upside down and inside out in this sparkling regency romp and only God knows what how it can turn out right --before the season ends!
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BOOK THREE IS IN THE WORKS!
Harvest House has given me a contract for a third book in the Regency Series: The Country House Courtship is now underway, in which the characters you've come to love are still at large, and Beatrice, now all of seventeen, gets her day.
LARGE PRINT EDITION
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