Archive for April, 2011

Dear Readers,

At the time of the regency period, Parliament was a “sleepy collection” of peers in the House of Lords and the landed gentry, the Commons.  There were no rules as to how long Government could stay in power, no popular voting, and very little pressing  business-other than to vote on the budget for the army.

Members of the House of Lords consisted of the peerage together with the archbishop and bishops of the Church of England. Members of the House were elected in their counties or boroughs.  This was not considered a problem since they were men of considerable standing.

Parliament, by law, had to meet at least every three years, but because of the restrictions of spending and the army needing to have a budget, it met every year.

The House of Common was divided by two parties, the Tories and the Whigs.  After the 1830s they were known as the Liberals and Conservatives.

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of history.


…Miguelina Perez

Pool, Daniel. “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew.”


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Dec 11, 1815

Dear Sir

My Emma is now so near publication that I feel it right to assure you of my not having forgotten your kind recommendation of an early copy for C.H. – and that I have Mr. Murray’s promise of its being sent to H.R.H. under cover to you, three days previous to the work being really out.

I must make use of this opportunity to thank you dear Sir, for the very high praise you bestow on my other novels. I am too vain to wish to convince you that you have praised them beyond their merit.

My greatest anxiety at present is that this 4th work shd. not disgrace what was good in the others. But on this point I will do myself the justice to declare that whatever may be my wishes for its success, I am very strongly haunted by the idea that to those readers who have preferred P. and P. it will appear inferior in wit; and to those who have preferred M.P., very inferior in good sense. Such as it is, however, I hope you will do me the favour of accepting a copy. Mr. M. will have directions for sending one.

I am quite honoured by your thinking me capable of drawing such a clergyman as you gave the sketch of in your note of Nov. 16. But I assure you I am not. The comic part of the character I might be equal to, but not the good, the enthusiastic, the literary. Such a man’s conversation must a times be on subjects of science and philosophy of which I know nothing – or at least be occasionally abundant in quotations and allusions which a woman who, like me, knows only her own mother-tongue and has read little in that, would be totally without the power of giving. A classical education, or at any rate, a very extensive acquaintance with English literature, ancient and modern, appears to me quite indispensable for the person who wd. do any justice to your clergyman; and I think I may boast myself to be, with all possible vanity, the most unlearned and uniformed female who ever dared to be an authoress.

Believe me, dear Sir,

Your obliged and faithl. Hum. Serv.

Jane Austen

‘C.H.’ was Carlton House; ‘H.R.H.’, His Royal Highness the Prince Regent.

Excerpt from:  The Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen. Ed. Penelope Hughes-Hallett

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Dear Readers,

Carla Kelly is a popular writer in the Regency Romance genre. Regency romances are a sub-genre of romance novels set during the English Regency period, specifically during the reign of the prince regent who became King George IV in 1820, shortly after the death of his father, King George III.

Ms. Kelly earned a Masters in History and lives in Wellington, Utah with her husband.  Together they have five grown children living across the United States.

She began to write regency romances because of her love for the Napoleonic Wars. A major theme throughout her books is the effect of war on the lives or ordinary people. Most of her characters in surviving the effects of war and in helping others, find in themselves qualities of strength and purpose, which they originally lacked.  Ms. Kelly goes against the norms of the genre by focusing her attention not on the glittering world of London society or the social elite, but on the not so fortunate, which at the time encompassed the bulk of the English population living. Her stories are distinguished by authentic, well-research detail and lightened by humor.

Ms. Kelly has been influenced by Louisa May Alcott, C.S. Forester’s, of  The Hornblower novels, R.F. Delderfield, Joseph Conrad, Nevil Shute, Jack Schaefer, Ernest Haycox, and Charles King.

Her two recent works are The Admiral’s Penniless Bride, a historical romance published through Harlequin and Borrowed Light.

I hope you give her an opportunity and check some of her works, if you haven’t already done so.



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