The RNA’s Regency Day last Saturday was splendid fun and thank you to all the organisers for the hard work they put into making the day such a great mixture of events. There’s a wonderful summary of the day here on the RNA blog. Thanks to Annie Burrows for that. It’s impossible to pick out my favourite moments since I enjoyed every minute! The Regency redcoats added a certain je ne sais quoi to the event and having their escort on a walk through St James’s was great fun. I enjoyed very much Jennifer Kloester’s insightful and entertaining talk about her new biography of Georgette Heyer and the panel chaired by Jo Beverley that gave a very frank discussion of Sex and the Georgians. Louise Allen and Christina Courtenay’s demonstration of Regency scents and perfumes was also an eye (or nose) opener! I’m not sure about heroes wearing sandalwood cologne now! Oh, and the Waterloo Tea was a high point!
For those who would like a flavour of the event, here are some of the questions from the Regency Quiz. How many answers do you know? If you want to email me your answers at email@example.com I’ll give a book to everyone who gets them correct!
1. Who said of Whom:
“Mad, bad and dangerous to know.”
“Who is your fat friend?”
“Your arrogance, your conceit and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others…”
“She is poor, she has sunk from the comforts she was born to…”
2. The Regency
In which town did the Prince of Wales totally remodel a farmhouse?
Who led the British forces in Spain during the Peninsular War?
Who did George IV insist should be baptised Alexandrina (clue: I wrote about her here on my blog a few months ago!)
Who designed Regent Street?
In which hotel did Tsar Alexander I stay in 1814?
Who were the Prime Ministers during the Regency?
How many complete books did Jane Austen write and what were the names of her partially completed works?
What was the name of Jane Austen’s sister?
In which Jane Austen book do the characters rehearse the play Lovers Vows?
What genre of fiction is Austen lampooning in Northanger Abbey?
In which Regency bachelor apartments did Georgette Heyer live from 1942 – 1966 (Clue: Dev lives there in Notorious!)