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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Just like I do weekly Heian posts, I do weekly posts on Regency England (for those unfamiliar with the period think Jane Austen). Technically, I'm doing the 'extended Regency'/late Georgian England.

I do these weekly.

Not going to post every link thus far but here's a few:

Here's an overview of the period:

The Forbidden Dance, The Waltz:

And my latest entry: Bad Boy, Super Poet, and Greek Patriot, Lord Byron: Part I: A Scandalous Life

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Day 8, Lord Byron, Part II: Brooding Heroes and what does Lord Byron have in common with modern rappers?

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Day 9: Lord Byron, Part III: Luddite Lover and Greek Insurgent:

Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Day 10: Luddites, the frame-breakers

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Days

11: Not Getting Your Hands Dirty, A Proper Gentleman:

12: How about a rubber of the popular Regency card game, whist?

13: Married Over The Anvil: Gretna Green

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) I discuss the Enclosure Acts and try to present a few different view points about them:

The Enclosure Acts were a series of measures that consolidated land and eliminated common-use land. The bulk of these occurred in the Georgian era. Some have argued they were nothing more than elites consolidating resources and taking away livelihoods from poor subsistence farmers who were then forced to leave their ancestral lands in search of work.

Others say they were about improving economic and agricultural efficiency along with helping restored land that had been over-used, a solution to the tragedy of the commons.

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Jane Austen's life is a good example of how "write what you know" and a nurturing home environment can lead to great works:

Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Day 16: Jane in 855 words--A Brief Biography of Jane Austen

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Mr. Beard's Regency Tour Day 17: Smooth Roads and Criminals: The Turnpike System

Roads in Georgian England suffered at first because of a lack of central government improvement and a general tragedy of the commons. A semi-privatization scheme helped bridge the gap for a while and even had the side-effect of helping cut down on highwaymen.

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Technically, this is Day 18 on my tour, but the body of the post is over at the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, which I now contribute to. BTW, they have daily posts about all aspects of English (and occasionally French history). There are wannabes like myself and actual people who know what they are talking about as well.


What's the French Word For Ulcer, Guerrilla?

An overview of Spanish guerrillas during the Peninsular War of the Napoleonic Wars.


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Recognition for your contribution.

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) Over at the English Historical Fiction Authors Blog, I discuss the populuarity of gambling in Regency England:


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Tweeted your gambling piece, Jeremy. Nice, that, though I actually knew that from research for a play I wrote for the BBC in the ur-age.

Question: I've got a historical novel coming out in a couple of week, COLD WAR, HOT PASSIONS, Russian and American saga with my usual precise touch of history, over the 75 tears between the storming of the Winter Palace and the Fall of the Wall. Where's a good blog to invite myself to?

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J.A. Beard (jabeard) You're welcome.

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