Young and Old Gentlemen’s Day Regency Life Series Books 2 & 3. Easy to read view of what gentlemen did, wore, and lived in Jane Austen’s times or the early 1800s.
Enjoy these excerpts.
“Prince George IV became Prince Regent when parliament decided that his father, King George III, was too ill to continue ruling Britain. George IV was Regent from 1811 until his father’s death in 1820, when he was crowned as King George IV. He ruled Britain until his death in 1820.
PRINCE REGENT ‘On the eighth day of April, 1795, was solemnized, at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s, the Marriage of His Royal Highness George Augustus Frederick, Prince of Wales, with Her Royal Highness Caroline Amelia Elizabeth, second daughter of the late Duke of Brunswick, by his consort Augusta, eldest sister of his present Majesty George III. And on the seventh day of January, 1796, was born, at Carlton House, the Princess Charlotte Caroline Augusta, their sole issue.’ From: 1817 Life and death of Her Royal Highness the Princess Charlotte by Edwin B. Hamil”
Gentlemen who had inherited titles, estates, and wealth often had a town house in London, where they spent all their time when parliament was sitting and attended the House of Lords by day and socialized at night throughout ‘The Season’. These town houses were often very grand, especially the ones London’s most fashionable squares.
“The definition of a gentleman is a man who does no actual physical work, and the sticklers amongst the Beau Monde, those who lived in the ‘beautiful world’ of high society, would have died rather than admit that they had dirtied their hands doing any type of menial work. Yet, money was needed to run a gentleman’s town house, his estates, keep his family fashionably clothed, give his sons their quarterly allowances, and provide a London season for his daughters.
Many titled gentlemen were land rich and income poor. Therefore, they needed to work, though never manual work. They made investments in shipping companies or in cargoes being imported and exported. They watched the stock market closely, hung around the coffee shops of Threadneedle Street to glean tips on stock trading, and employed jobbers to act of their behalf at the Stock Exchange. They knew the way places like the East India Company, the Corn Exchange, and the Bank of England worked and took an active interest in the latest financial news, even if that interest only meant perusing the daily newspapers and making decisions on business ideas with their friends over dinner in one of their clubs.Young and Old Gentlemen's Day Regency Life Series Books 2 and 3 #RegencyEra #AmWriting #nonfiction https://books2read.com/SuziLoveFashionMen1800-1819 Click To Tweet