Saturday, August 1, 2015

Like butlers? Every gal needs staff! Out Now with #Regency #facts too! HER BEGUILING BUTLER by Cerise DeLand!
We love historicals so that they take us away to another time and place. But as we were taught by our high school history teachers, we like our romantic fiction appealing to our sense of time and place. In my bangin' butler—pardon me—HER BEGUILING BUTLER, I give you background that is indeed true.

Like what?

First, the January 1820 weather was atrocious!  Minus twenty degrees or more in various parts of England. Snowy and icy. Makes it tough to get around, doesn't it? Especially on foot or driving poor horses.

Secondly, King George III did die January 30, 1820 after more than sixty years on the throne of England. He passed away at approximately 8:30 at Windsor Castle and the news was taken to London by riders on horseback! 

Mourning for the late king was required for nobles. Men wore black attire and/or black armbands, depending on how old their titles. Noblewomen wore black gowns and coats. Intense mourning garb was the rule for at least three months, with an easing after that. The Season was subdued.

In HER BEGUILNG BUTLER, my heroine Lady Ranford, Alicia Blindon, goes to the funeral of her governess. This is unusual and she knows it. But she goes as a sign of respect for the lady she loved. It is true that women did not attend funerals, even those of their family. Nor did they go to grave sites.

When a servant was hired did they get hired through Registry offices or training schools? Yes. While references from a previous employer were required to go from one household to another, many servants were employed initially through services or schools.

One other bit you may like to know is that in BUTLER, my hero visits a hatters shop. Locks in St. James Street. The shop still exists!  Do go and read about this establisment which is now more than four centuries old!
Here it is on the web:

My heroine visits a modiste shop which also existed in 1820. I know because we have records of Miss Pierpont's shop in Covent Garden. If you'd like to see them, too, do buy this marvelous book! 
Buy Link:Fashions-Era-Jane-Austen-Ackermanns 

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