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On Board the Celebrity Beyond – bringing the 18th Century into a 21st Century Setting

Celebrity Beyond, photo by Didier Duforest This particular Georgian Gent has just got back from doing three consecutive cruises on board the Celebrity Beyond – a very modern state-of-the-art vessel which was launched last year. The stage in the theatre...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Jan 2023

Amazing Grace – with words given their debut 1st January 1773

Reverend John Newton Today marks the three hundredth anniversary of a sermon given in Olney, Buckinghamshire, by firebrand preacher John Newton. He had written the words to the song “Amazing Grace” in order to accompany the sermon. It’s such a...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 1 Jan 2023

Forum hibernation: 2023-0y to ????

2022-12-27: Somtime in January or February 2023 this forum will go into hibernation ("Maintenance mode"). Maybe the yet to be found successor to Thomas Ricklin, or my own successor (also yet to be found) will reactivate the forum sometime in the future....
From: Web4Ren Forum (W4RF) on 27 Dec 2022

Bonny Bobby Shafto

As a child I remember learning the words of the song ‘Bobby Shafto’, with the verses which start: “Bobby Shafto’s gone to sea,Silver buckles on his knee,He’ll come back and marry me,Bonny Bobby Shafto. Bobby Shafto’s bright and fair,Combing...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 19 Dec 2022

From sailing serenely on the Sirena – to a new book about Gin…

I tend not to post blogs saying that I am away from home in case nefarious people in the neighbourhood take it upon themselves to pay my home a visit. So, instead I will recount a splendid recent Trans-Atlantic cruise on board the Oceania’s ship...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 30 Nov 2022

The Montgomeryshire Ghost of 1827

There are plenty of ghost stories from the 18th and early 19th century, and I have previously written about The Hammersmith Ghost, but today I have a very different ghost story for your Halloween. This story took place at a large, old mansion house,...
From: All Things Georgian on 31 Oct 2022

The Lewis Lab is born!

The Arthur Lewis Lab for Comparative Development, University of Manchester The Arthur Lewis Lab for Comparative Development (in short: the Lewis Lab) is an new interdisciplinary research group primarily based in the Department of Economics which is...
From: Economic Growth in History on 24 Aug 2022

Book review of S. Broadberry and K. Fukao (eds.), “The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World: Volume 1, 1700 to 1870”. Cambridge University Press

Book review of S. Broadberry and K. Fukao (eds.), The Cambridge Economic History of the Modern World: Volume 1, 1700 to 1870. Journal of Economic Literature (2022) 60 (2): 648-650. Reviewed by Nuno Palma (University of Manchester; Instituto de Ciências...
From: Economic Growth in History on 5 Aug 2022

The rising menace of inflation – 1800 style.

Inflation is a recurring feature of the economy – and it is easy to forget that rising food prices have been worrying people for centuries. I was interested in Richard Hall’s diary entry for  1801 – or rather, an entry in his ongoing review of ...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 21 Jul 2022

Berners Street Hoax – True or False?

Anyone familiar with the Georgian period will probably have heard of the Berners Street Hoax. So much has been written about this over the centuries that I was unsure as to whether it warranted yet another telling of the story, but as one of my lovely...
From: All Things Georgian on 4 Jul 2022

Collection of ephemera from an album

A collection of original art removed from an album: silhouettes, pressed flowers, a valentine, and drawing. The silhouettes include one of a woman in an academic gown and cap mounted on Art-Union of London ticket for entrance to an event at Theatre Royal,...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 16 Jun 2022

18th century marriage customs

When people marry today, they can choose where they marry, be it a religious building, registry office or even by taking their vows whilst sky diving and anywhere in between, as long as an officiating officer is present. In the Georgian period marriages...
From: All Things Georgian on 16 May 2022

There’s gold in them thar hills – thanks to Johnson Matthey we know how pure it is.

O.K. your starter for ten. Where does the phrase ‘there’s gold in them thar hills’ come from? Answer (allegedly): According to some people, in 1849 from the steps of the Lumpkin County Courthouse, a Dahlonega, Georgia Mint assayer, Dr. M. F. Stephenson,...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 10 Mar 2022

Pancake Day in the early 1800s

Tomorrow is Pancake day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, which may well feel of little consequence in light of the current situation in Ukraine, but I’ll share it anyway. Like so many, my thoughts and prayers are very much with those in Ukraine. For those...
From: All Things Georgian on 28 Feb 2022

To Washington, and the Library of Congress …

The Capitol Building The George Washington Memorial This week I visited Washington, for the first time. Just my luck to find that everything was closed for President’s Day the first day after I arrived. But unlike British Bank Holidays, when it always...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 28 Feb 2022

Georgian Mourning Rings

Thinking about the past couple of years living with the Covid situation and how we remember those we have lost during this time, led me to think about death in the Georgian period and I thought I would take a look at items used at that time as keepsakes...
From: All Things Georgian on 23 Jan 2022

The Meaning of the term ‘Molly’

I’m delighted to welcome back a now familiar guest to All Things Georgian, erAto who is going to tell us more about a term rarely used today – ‘Molly’. Tho’ Briton’s, tis said, were not Mollies of old, Were for dealing of blows,...
From: All Things Georgian on 6 Sep 2021

years ago today: the funeral of Queen Caroline, consort of George IV, 24 August 1821.

The Lewis Walpole site has this mezzotint of what is described as “an exact representation of the depositing the body of her late Majesty Queen Caroline in the family vault at Brunswick, Augt. 24, 1821 : with the Revd. J.W.G. Wolff delivering her funeral...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 24 Aug 2021

Perambulating the Palace gardens – and a few rambling thoughts about gin and Waterloo…

One of the perks about writing is that one occasionally gets an interesting invite to preview days – such as the Press Day at Buckingham Palace last Thursday to link in with the fact that the palace gardens are now open to the public, throughout the...
From: Georgian Gentleman on 12 Jul 2021

Re: Lisa Fagin Davis on Voynich ms (2020-05-08)

That paper is now available via https://repository.upenn.edu/mss_sims/vol5/iss1/6/ viz. https://repository.upenn.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1082&context=mss_si ms .     Seen thanks to https://twitter.com/FrueheNeuzeit/status/1389361933598568455...
From: Web4Ren Forum (W4RF) on 4 May 2021

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