Author Archives: Eliza Shearer

Regency Dressmaking and Bridgerton Costumes: Fiction and Actual Reality, by Eliza Shearer

Regency Dressmaking and Bridgerton Costumes: Fiction and Actual Reality, by Eliza Shearer

Like many of my fellow Janeites, I recently indulged in season 2 of the series Bridgerton. Although Bridgerton does a marginally better job to follow Regency customs and etiquette than other shows (Sanditon, I’m looking at you), it does little more than find inspiration in the era.  Instead, Bridgerton builds a fantasy world based on… Read the full blog post …

The Greatest Prankster of the Regency: An April Fool’s Special, by Eliza Shearer

The Greatest Prankster of the Regency: An April Fool’s Special, by Eliza Shearer

With April’s Fool is just around the corner, fans of practical jokes will be considering their best moves for 2022. But no matter how inventive their ideas, they are likely to pale in comparison to those of Regency prankster extraordinaire, Theodore Hook. Born in 1788, Theodore Hook fancied himself a bit of a jester (one might… Read the full blog post …

The Phaeton, a Regency Carriage with Wide Appeal – and a Dangerous Side, by Eliza Shearer

The Phaeton, a Regency Carriage with Wide Appeal – and a Dangerous Side, by Eliza Shearer

Towards the end of Pride and Prejudice, in a letter explaining Mr Darcy‘s role in securing Lydia’s marriage to Mr Wickham, Mrs Gardiner writes to her niece Elizabeth, whom she suspects the master of Pemberley admires very much: “I shall never be quite happy till I have been all round the (Pemberley) park. A low… Read the full blog post …

The Story of the Botanics’ Sabal Palm Tree, a Living Vestige of the Regency, by Eliza Shearer

The Story of the Botanics’ Sabal Palm Tree, a Living Vestige of the Regency, by Eliza Shearer

I am a proud Edinburgh resident. As such, I’m spoilt for choice when it comes to reminders of the Regency, from windows and house doors to family portraits in museums and art galleries. However, only a few days ago, one of such reminders disappeared forever. It was a living being, one already in existence when Jane… Read the full blog post …