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The Charm of a Ballerina’s Bun

Well, ladies and gents!

It is no coincidence that this sleek cut, always flawless, has become an ultimate classic. Dance groups around the world, tapping on their toes, reveal why the Ballerina’s bun is the ultimate female hairstyle.

Although the hairstyle is synonymous with ballet, it has its roots in the women of Ancient Greece, who created a hairstyle known today as Greek knot. A simple, low-necked chignon, typically decorated with jewels, was a symbol of elegance for wealthy Greek women.

The bun returned to modern society during the Regency period of 1800. Anyone familiar with the movie adaptations of Jane Austen’s books will recognize the stylish hairstyles that were popular among middle and upper-class women.

Women of the Regency era in England loved classical aesthetics which was associated with the fashion and hairstyles of Ancient Greece and Rome. The women began to wrap their long hair in a bun, but lift it higher than the Greek bun at the back of the head.

Well, keep reading, hun! 🙂

Victorian Era

The rise of the bun came in the Victorian period. In the 19th century, there were many variations of the bun.

Apollo’s knot” was a popular hairstyle during the 1820s and 1830s and consisted of a middle chignon and curls around the face and ears.

Another popular variant of the bun called “La Chinoise” resembled Princess Leia’s famous hairstyle in Star Wars.

Queen Victoria

The “Victoria” hairstyle by Queen Victoria was a more conservative hairstyle that reflected a dark and serious Victorian England. Two braids on both sides were attached to a simple bun on the back of the head and hung around the ears.

Under the influence of Queen Victoria, the bun became a more elegant and serious hairstyle that is typically associated with the stereotype of an “oppressed” Victorian society. 

In all of these variations, however, the bun was an important symbol of the category of discrimination for many women and a reflection of the times.

Modern Years

As the Victorian bun transformed into the more relaxed and natural “Gibson Girl” chic of the 1890s, it’s dominance came to an end. 

During the  1920s, fashionable ladies gave up complicated hairstyles for free buns. 

And yet the charm of the bun remains strong today and is still in vogue, signaling a classic kind of hairstyle.

In ballet, of course, it never left.

Thank you for reading this article of mine and write below your replies so that I can see them! 

And please let me know your thoughts—did you enjoy the topic? 

If there is anything else you’d be interested in reading about the Regency Era, feel free to let me know…

…and who knows? Maybe you will read about it soon!

Written by Olivia Bennet

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Victorian-era Graffiti and Symbols You Didn’t Know About

Hello, my sweetie! 

From the Middle Ages to the present, the British capital has always been the metropolis of visual communication and one of the birthplaces of modern advertising.

By the Victorian era, labels of the type “Florist”, “Tavern”, “Smithery” had disappeared. They had been replaced by inventive names, puns that impressed upon the mind and fancy paintings.

In fact, some brands that are now established as representatives of specific stores have their roots in Victorian London.

Keep reading, sweetie! 🙂

The Red Stripe Roller

The red stripe roller that exists outside many barberries was established by the London barbers.

Before the 11th century, when medicine in England was still in its infancy, many barbers used to perform the duties of a dentist and surgeon, since regular scientists were kind of deficient. In order for people to distinguish those who provided these extra services, the barbers placed a red wrapped pillar outside their store.

The pole symbolized the wooden stake that the barber gave the clients to hold during the operations so that their hand remained steady and the blood flow consecutive. The red cloth symbolized the blood. 

Over the years, the barber's responsibilities have been limited to haircuts and shaving. However, the pole with the wrapped red stripe had been established and remained out of several barbershops, still.

Other Uses of Symbols

Similarly, the representation of Adam and Eve in the gardens of Eden became synonymous with the grocery store, the unicorn horn was adopted by pharmacists and a bag full of nails by ironworks. 

Each merchant adjusted the facade of his shop according to his style, but always with the use of visual aids. Thus, until the invention of photography and printing, the London markets had been transformed into a large and colorful canvas, made up of fancy inscriptions competing against each other on impressing passers-by.

For example, a representation of the Pompeii disaster seemed to be the ideal “barker” of a business that undertook cockroach insecticides and disinfection.

Illustrations of housewives over steamy pots adorned grocery signs. The importance of allegory and subconscious messages in advertising was theorized many centuries later. English retailers had done it long before marketing became a science.

The First Graffiti

During the same period, the first graffiti appeared.

Street art was born as a form of protest. One of the first recorded graffiti in London was a poem written in Latin. In the following decades, people of lower social classes and “children of the street” used to “mark” the walls of their area with their names. 

Young people began to write slogans of social, religious and political content. By way of example, some of the graffiti one could encounter on the streets of the British 18th-century would write: “Christ is God”, “Damn the Duke of Richmond!” or “Murder Jews”! 

Graffiti Art

The prison walls were also full of graffiti. Curses, names of loved ones, and verses of the Bible were at the top of the prisoners' preferences for decorating their cells.

The beggars on the streets also left their mark. They used to carve the pavement or write on the walls behind them. “Can you help me?”

Artists selling their work on the street followed a similar pattern. “Everything is my own creation”, they carved the floor next to their works. 

So London was never a dull city. The buildings, the streets, the shops always had a story to tell, as the residents made sure to imprint it on them...

Well, my sweetie, this is the end of this article!

I hope you enjoyed it—I certainly did while writing it!

Thank you for accompanying me on my writing journey!

It would be lovely if you could share your thoughts with me! Or whatever you like...Surprise me! 

Written by Violet Hamers

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The Fascinating Story of Gentlemen’s Clubs

Hello, again, my dearies! 

Every well-respected Regency novel should mention at least one Gentleman's Club. In my mind, when I think of those clubs, I picture staid facades hiding smoke-filled rooms and intrigue amid wallpapers, expensive carpets, leather and mahogany furniture...

The Gentlemen's Clubs started in London in the 17th century and were places where the men of high society in England were gathered. Every respectable Regency gentleman belonged to a gentlemen's club. 

When a member was accepted into the club, it was known as an “election.” All exclusive gentlemen's clubs in London used a method of voting for proposed new members whereby a system of back and white balls were deposited, in secret by each election committee member, into a special box. A single black ball was sufficient to deny membership. Hence the term “blackballed.”

But why did men of that time need special places like those? If we take a look at the conditions that prevailed then, we can see how these clubs came about.

If you are interested in learning more then, my dear, keep reading! 

How the Gentlemen Clubs Got Started

The gentlemen's clubs were born in England. The first club to operate and pave the way for their expansion was White's, in west London. Initially, it was a shop selling hot chocolate and tea. Not what we have in mind, uh?

The man who founded White's in 1693 was Francesco Bianco, an Italian immigrant. In just a few years White's had become a privately owned club consisting of exclusive members.

White's started out as a traditional English coffeehouse, where customers met and discussed business and current affairs. The noticeable difference from classic pubs was that they did not serve alcohol at the coffeehouse. So customers who would like to stay sober and discuss some business, would go to the White's. Can I have a brandy, please? 

As the years passed, White's reputation spread and it became increasingly difficult to become a member. It gained the reputation that it was the right place to gamble. It had become so famous that his customers were called "White's gamblers."

Brooks's was the second club to open, long after White's, in 1762. It was opened by three former White's members, who were excluded for life from entering the club, and decided to open their own.

In the 18th and especially in the 19th century, most clubs were divided according to the political preferences of the members. In the 19th century, clubs were associated with parties of the time. Few were members of two clubs that supported different parties.

White's was frequented by members and friends of the Tories party (today's Conservative party), while Brook's was more targeted by Whigs’ friends (whose evolution is the Liberal Democratic Party).

However, the more clubs opened, the more specialized their goal became. For example, there were gambling clubs or travel clubs.

The Acme of Gentlemen Clubs 

The popularity of gentlemen's clubs was increasing in England. According to historical records of the time, their number exceeded 400 (!) clubs, the most well known being Almack's, Carlton, and the East India Club.

In the mid-19th century, the British parliament passed a series of legislation (also known as the Reform Acts) that gave more and more men the right to vote. The number of gentlemen was constantly increasing. Their status required them to become members of one club, and this created the need for more clubs.

In the Victorian era, the rules of good behavior controlled the lives of both women and men. The clubs were a place where men could be more relaxed and away from the "politically correct" behavior of the time.

English men of the time were often forced to marry women of the same upper social and economic class. Many times these women were from another country. There have been cases where the couple first met on their wedding day. As was natural, the couple often suffocated and illicit relationships and scandals were flourishing at that time. However, a scandal could lead to financial ruin, social disintegration, and even disengagement from the club, so everyone made sure to keep those relationships as secret as possible.

In their spare time, Englishmen of the time were playing billiards, gambling, reading, discussing theater and music, as well as timeliness. At the clubs, they found everything they wanted for them to be comfortable. Some clubs even had beds, but only for their members to sleep, as women were strictly forbidden. Oh my!

In 19th-century England, gambling was allowed only in certain places, and the clubs served this purpose precisely: to allow the upper classes to play gambling.

Historians of the time say that gambling was the main occupation of the gentlemen's clubs. The most popular game was the whist, the precursor to today's wistful.

In most games the players and those who watched them made bets. The amounts of bets have often been mythical. An example is Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington, who allegedly wagered £100.00 each night on the whist. White's had become the second home for the wealthy Duke, who had been sleeping in the club for years. 

The situation went beyond the limits in many cases. For some men, the passion for gambling became an obsession. Various bets have been recorded, such as which raindrop on the glass would reach the bottom of the window first, or if the next member coming to the club would enter the club  with his right or left foot…Men, am I right?

Gentlemen Club Today

Over the years the number of clubs began to decline. The socio-economic changes that took place in the 20th century led many clubs to close down.

Nowadays, while the aristocracy in England—with its titles of nobility and vast fortunes—remains, the upper classes have changed form. Technology has also played a role in this, as the internet and virtual reality have come into our lives for good. Places like clubs, small cinemas, and video clubs tend to gradually disappear...

For example, gambling was one of the main ways to entertain club members. With the legalization of gambling in recent decades, there was no longer any need for gentlemen's clubs.

However, the gentlemen's clubs have not completely disappeared; although in most cases there are no longer any restrictions on gender or socio-economic status.

White's is still there, though it has now been moved to St. James street, and continues to be an attraction for the British aristocracy. Prince Charles and his son, Prince William, as well as other members of the British royal family are members of the club, which still retains its old style.

Well, my dear, this is it!

Thank you for reading my article…I hope you found it interesting and that you have learned a lot!

I would love to know your thoughts on today’s topic so please leave a comment below!

You’re fantastic 🙂

Written by Scarlett Osborne

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Christmas Ghost Stories

Well, ladies and gents!

The term ghost refers etymologically to a figment of the imagination. Ghosts, or spirits, shadows, gnomes are intangible forms that move between the natural and the supernatural.

Urban myths and scary stories haunt our thoughts and nightmares, and whether they are false or true can never be answered with certainty. Originally, these stories were part of an oral tradition that was passed down from generation to generation, varied or not. The so-called winter tales, synonymous with the imaginary and the phantasmagoric, appear to have been a popular place in the festivities of the Elizabethan period.

In Shakespeare's work, "A Winter's Tale" (1623), Prince Mamillius states: “A sad tale’s best for winter. I have one, of sprites and goblins.”

In the Victorian era, at Christmas and New Year's Eve, it was an established ritual to gather around the fireplace and tell stories of these strange creatures wandering at night.

Well, keep reading, hun! 🙂

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens (1843)

The classic Christmas story of Charles Dickens starring Ebenezer Scrooge was a role model in the history of literature.

The festive spirit did not touch him and the visits by the ghosts of the past and the future made the man reconsider and realize the value of kindness and charity.

“Ghosts And Family Legends: A Volume For Christmas” by Catherine Crowe (1859)

In December 1858, Catherine Crowe's friends and relatives gathered in a villa in England. Around the fireplace, they were discussing whether there was life after death and everyone was telling a personal story with ghosts.

Miss P. was engaged to an army officer who was in India. One night he appeared in front of her, picked up a chair, sat next to her, and talked to her for half an hour. He was looking at his watch and told her it was time for him to leave. A month later Miss P. received a letter that her fiancée had been killed the same night he had visited her! Creepy, right?

Storytelling lasts for eight nights and guests tell incidents with ghosts, strange dreams and other myths they've heard. The reason Catherine Crowe decided to write these stories is that her grandfather died on Christmas Eve and there were reports that the villa was haunted...brrr!

“A Strange Christmas Game” by J.H. Riddell (1868)

Two siblings, John and Claire Lester, inherited a home in Martingdale. One of the previous owners, Jeremy Lester, mysteriously disappeared on New Year's Eve. This night they were determined to stay awake all night to find out if there were ghosts in the house.

"They're in the oak parlor," Claire whispers. Some are at home with them and play card games.

“The Turn of the Screw” by Henry James (1898)

American novelist Henry James (1843 - 1916), studying at Harvard, lived in London and Paris. In the book "The Turn of the Screw" he transfers us to an old mansion where the new governess must protect Miles and Flora from the ghosts that seem to be circulating inside the building.

"The Turn of the Screw" was originally published in 1898 in twelve parts in the American magazine Colliers Weekly. It has been transferred to theater and cinema.

Thank you for reading this article of mine and write below your replies so that I can see them! 

And please let me know your thoughts—did you enjoy the topic? 

If there is anything else you’d be interested in reading about the Regency Era, feel free to let me know…

…and who knows? Maybe you will read about it soon!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! It’s that time of the year again, so prepare to have the best time ever with friends and family!

God Bless!

Written by Olivia Bennet

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The Most Beautiful Christmas Story That Has Ever Been Told

Hello, my sweetie! 

I’m sure you already know A Christmas Carol, as it is one of the most popular and beloved holiday tales of all time. But do you know the history surrounding it? 

The popularity of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has played a decisive role in establishing Christmas, in the way they are celebrated and in the dominant position they have acquired in Western culture. Everything took the form we know today at the end of the 19th century.

In October 1843, British author Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) begins writing one of the most popular and beloved books of all time, the story “A Christmas Carol”…

He wrote the book in six weeks, in the gaps between the popular novel The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit, which was published in a sequel and it had not received much attention so far. It was a difficult time in his career. “A Christmas story, perhaps more cost-effective”, he had thought. And he was right!

Dickens biographer John Forster writes that once he conceived the story, he absorbed every thought. He walked fifteen, even twenty miles in the night, on the “black streets of London”, contemplating the evolution and “chatting” with the heroes with the excitement of a child. 

But when he showed the manuscripts to his publishers, they could not understand why A Christmas Carol would be interesting, as it was neither popular nor widespread. But Dickens had, among other things, given importance to one important “detail”: Queen Victoria had just married the German Prince Albert.

Eventually, Dickens wrote four books on Christmas, but none had the success of A Christmas Carol that became a best-seller in record time.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about A Christmas Carol. Keep reading sweetie! 🙂

In the Slums of London…

Every Christmas Eve, Dickens visited Christmas markets in the East End and wandered into the slums, looking at families a few hours before Christmas dinner. It is no coincidence that the record in his book is so detailed, ingenious and, of course, elaborate: faces, roads, grocers, baked ovens, stacks of fresh fruit, mud, cold, and smiling kids with red cheeks and pieces of pudding. He also had an excellent memory.

The slums were familiar to him. At the age of fifteen, Dickens was forced to quit school to pay for his living expenses and to help his family pay off his father’s debt.

He worked ten-hour shifts at the Warren Shoe Warehouse in Hungerford Stores, near present-day Charing Cross Station. He earned only 6 shillings a week by gluing labels on shoelaces. Can you imagine that?

Dickens began writing his story when he saw a state-run report on child labor. The report took the form of interviews with minors—interviewed by a journalist friend of the author—and described in detail how 8-year-old children worked 16 hours a day, six days a week, sewing clothes or dragging carts.

A Christmas Carol

As the story goes, on Christmas Eve, 1843, in Victorian England. Ebenezer Scrooge is a greedy miser whose only joy is the misery of his fellow humans. He hates Christmas, arguing that everything is a scam, and he hates people who are happy at the holidays. He takes advantage of his poor and hard-working employee  Bob Cratchit, having him work all day, paying him little, without worrying about his tragic financial situation.

On the eve of Eve, when Scrooge goes home, the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, appears in front of him, trying to explain to him that if he does not change his way of life, he will have the same outcome as him…

On the same night, three spirits visited him. They traveled him to his past, present, and future and tried to warm his heart by showing him the mistakes in his life and urging him to change his erased course… Was it possible for him to change?

With the Vehicle of “Christian Truth”

In A Christmas Carol Dickens not only offers a vivid depiction of the Christmas atmosphere, but he writes with the aim of making his story a vehicle of Christian truth. 

After all, the issue is not the celebration, but the turning to compassion and generosity: the moral and emotional transformation of the strange and jaded Ebenezer Scrooge after the nightly visit he receives from his late co-worker Jacob Marley and the Christmas ghosts of the Past, Present, and Future.

After that, Christmas is bathed in heavenly light. Dickens somehow “transforms” biblical scenes and symbols, finding a way even for a new “reading” of baptism.

There is no doubt that Dickens’s novel is primarily a story of Christianity and human liberation with the aid of divine grace.

Manger, Tree, and Carols

Somewhere there, at the end of the 19th century, came the “Nativity Scene”, which as a custom goes back to the time of Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226), and the word “manger” symbolizing the birth of Christ in Bethlehem begins to be used. 

The new addition to the English Christmas was of German origin and was nothing more than the Christmas tree brought by German Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.

Dickens uses the tree to unite under his branches the powerful images of Christmas with gifts and toys of childhood.

In the light of grace “all ordinary things become unusual and enchanted” he writes, incorporating this image into the central theme of his story, the conversion.

As for ghosts, it is but a reminder of Victorian England’s love for the paranormal.

Also, until the 19th century, Christmas had no carols, only hymns. The carols were originally songs of joy accompanied by dance. The word itself comes from the Italian, carola (carols) which means “circular dance”.

Dickens’ “A Christmas carol” reflected, and at the same time, contributed to the revival of Christmas in the Victorian era.

Perhaps this is why Dickens, the author of “The History of Two Cities” and “Oliver Twist”, remained in history as the man who devised Christmas.

Well, my sweetie, this is the end of this article!

I hope you enjoyed it—I certainly did while writing it!

Thank you for accompanying me on my writing journey!

It would be lovely if you could share your thoughts with me! Or whatever you like…Surprise me! 

Have your best Christmas ever, sweetie!

Written by Violet Hamers

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A Vixen for the Devilish Duke

He met his fate on the road he took to avoid it...

When the orphanage she works at closes permanently, Adelia Raby is left despondent. But then fate offers her a new lifeline: work in the household of the striking Duke of Rosemond.

Ready to finally settle down, Harry Abberton, Duke of Rosemond, is positive he has found the right match in the face of Lady Dorothea. Until a chance meeting with an enchanting commoner, one Ms. Adelia Raby shakes his conviction to the core.

Completely bewitched by her and resolving to break his impending engagement, Harry unwittingly brings an old family secret back from the grave...along with the ruse employed to cover it.

Determined to solve the mystery, Harry will come face to face with the clue he’s been looking for: a birthmark on the hip of Adelia, shared by the one person he never expected...

*If you like a realistic yet steamy depiction of the Regency and Victorian era, then A Vixen for the Devilish Duke is the novel for you.

This is Olivia's 12th novel, a historical Regency romance novel of 80,000 words (around 400 pages). No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a strong happily ever after.

Pick up "A Vixen for the Devilish Duke" today to discover Olivia's amazing new story!


Book Details​​​​

  • Author: Olivia Bennet
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher: Cobalt Fairy
  • Publication: Dec 2019
  • ASIN: B082TRTF6V

About Olivia Bennet

Having obtained a degree in Journalism, but with an affinity for literature and creative writing, Olivia Bennet knew from a young age that her future lay in the romantic ideals of the past. With a fascination for the Regency era and a good romance, she started her career as a historical romance author the old-fashioned way: with pen and paper.

Born in rural Devon, Olivia draws inspiration from the vast farmlands of the British countryside and the people living in the surrounding villages. An avid artist, she takes her sketchbook everywhere with her and captures the beauty of nature, which she then incorporates into her books.

Allow your conscious to be carried away on a wind made of letters and words, of love, mystery and the magic of the Regency era. Start your journey and allow Olivia’s pen to guide you!


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Victorian Christmas Traditions You Didn’t Know About

Hello, again, my dearies! 

Christmas. What a wonderful time!

Lights, ornaments, deers and much more. It was not always like this, however. Victorians—even though it may seem unbelievable—are the ones that are the most responsible for the way Christmas is celebrated today.

Thank you Victorians! 🙂

People have been enjoying pagan celebrations in the middle of winter for hundreds of years. With the advent of Christianity, these celebrations were mixed with Christian customs until we reached the Victorian era, where no one had heard of Santa Claus and the famous Christmas holidays before.

However, new technologies and the wealth of the industrial revolution have changed Christmas forever. Charles Dickens took the first step towards a change with A Christmas Carol, urging his wealthy fellow citizens to help the poor.

It was the wealth of new factories and industries that allowed the middle class, especially in England and Wales, to take a break from work and celebrate, for two consecutive days, Christmas and the second day of Christmas, also known as Boxing Day. This day got its name from the boxes of monetary donations from the rich, which were opened on December 26 by servants and workers.

If you are interested in learning more then, my dear, keep reading! 

Gifts

Gifts have also changed over the years. At the beginning of the Victorian era, children’s toys were usually handmade and therefore very expensive.

The factories brought mass production to puppets, cars, books and mechanical toys at affordable prices that also appealed to the middle class.

The Christmas Sock became popular for children of poor families around 1870 but usually included an apple, an orange, and a few nuts. What a gift!

Santa Claus

And the tradition of Santa Claus took the form we know today in the Victorian era.

The figure, also known as Father Christmas, came from an old English winter festival. He was always dressed in green, signaling the coming of Spring.

Stories about St. Nicholas came to America from the Danish colonists (Sinter Klaas) in the 17th century and then to Britain in 1870 when the famous Santa Claus was born with the deer and sled we all love.

Christmas Tree

Even the Christmas tree was a German custom that first appeared in England in 1840! Did you know that, my dear?

Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, has brought one to adorn the castle of Windsor and has dominated every Christmas decoration ever since.

Christmas Cards

The first Christmas card was created in 1843.

Henry Cole asked an artist to draw one, and then printed it in 1000 copies and began selling it in his store, among other artifacts. Since then, the sending of cards has been established, especially for wealthy families, and it is said that Queen Victoria had such a weakness in the Christmas cards that she had her children make and send their own during the holidays.

Sending cards became even more popular around 1870 when the stamp of the half-pen was introduced. Ten years later, the number of cards printed exceeded 11 million!

Christmas Crackers

One of the most special Victorian customs was Christmas Crackers. In 1848, British pastry chef Tom Smith observed during a visit to Paris that the candied almonds they were selling were wrapped in paper.

Then he created a noise-popping package as soon as its edges were pulled. His idea was adopted by many, improved, and the noisy packaging came to include small gifts, in addition to sweets.

Christmas Crackers are also not missing from modern Christmas tables and in 2010 the Royal Mint made a cracker containing gold coins worth £ 10,000.

Even though the Victorians were dark types, all the above were very happy traditions, don’t you think?

As has been the case in every historical period that has brought about great change, the Victorians had seized every opportunity to have fun and get out of trouble.

Well, my dear, this is it!

This article’s purpose was to enrich your knowledge regarding the Christmas traditions that existed during our lovely Victorian Era…I hope you found it interesting and that you have learned a lot!

Thank you for reading my article…I would love to know your thoughts on today’s topic so please leave a comment below!

You’re fantastic 🙂

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Hoping your holidays—and all your days—are filled with joy!

Written by Scarlett Osborne

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Forbidden Desires of a Seductive Duchess

She is ice and fire. The touch of her burns his hands like snow...

Though raised like every other well-bred Lady of the ton, Arabella Foster is certainly not one of them. And her unwavering determination to be involved in her father's ducal duties leads her straight into the path of one charming barrister...

Of common birth but with an ingenious mind, Charles Connolly has established his professional reign as London's most sought-after barrister. And yet, there's something that eludes him. His heart's greatest desire: Arabella Foster's hand.

A series of suspicious deaths of prominent noblemen shakes the foundations of London's high society. When Arabella's father receives a threatening note, all clues point to a single common thread: Charles Connolly.

With more than just his reputation on the line, Charles is determined to clear his name and win the favor of Arabella's father.

However, the world is a scary place when darkness falls, and unbeknownst to him, Charles just put himself in the gravest danger of them all...

*If you like a realistic yet steamy depiction of the Regency and Victorian era, then Forbidden Desires of a Seductive Duchess is the novel for you.

This is Violet's 3rd novel, a historical Regency romance novel of 80,000 words (around 400 pages). No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a strong happily ever after.

Pick up "Forbidden Desires of a Seductive Duchess" today to discover Violet's fantastic new story!


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  • Author: Violet Hamers
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher: Cobalt Fairy
  • Publication: Dec 2019
  • ASIN: B082J2YTC7

About Violet Hamers

Violet Hamers knew from an early age that writing was something she always wanted to do. Growing up, her time was divided between writing stories and taking part in theatrical plays, that she used to perform exclusively for her family and friends.

As she loves reading and writing, she is rarely found without a book in her hands, or her fingers glued to a keyboard. Her love for reading led her to Jane Austen's world—the regency historical world that won her over in comparison to any other genre!

Even though being an author is not a simple task, her dream of becoming one has finally come true as she is currently writing Regency novels...romances her readers will love!

Follow Violet into a world of romance and fairytale, of passion and intrigue, and live unforgettable happy-ever-afters along with her protagonists that she guarantees you will remember forever.


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The Art of Pleasuring a Duke

There's something about craving the forbidden. Something terrifying and utterly exhilarating...

Leading dancer Anna Conolly's life is governed by one important principle: never become someone's mistress.

With a successful career at the London Theatre, she has no desire to fuel society's opinion of women like her. Until a man, belonging to the same circles she has sworn to avoid, causes her world to shift.

Despite his mother's insistence, finding a wife is the last thing Nathaniel Hawkins, the Duke of Yanborough wants. When his love for the performing arts leads him to the London Theater, he never expects to see his own destiny staring back at him from the center of the stage.

But the odds are against them, and the future seems grim…

Someone is going to great lengths not only to tear them apart but also to awaken them to reality. For their greatest enemy is also the one thing they can't live without: each other.

*If you like a realistic yet steamy depiction of the Regency and Victorian era, then The Art of Pleasuring a Duke is the novel for you.

This is Scarlett's 8th novel, a historical Regency romance novel of 80,000 words (around 400 pages). No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a strong happily ever after.

Pick up "The Art of Pleasuring a Duke" today to discover Scarlett's fantastic new story!


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  • Author: Scarlett Osborne
  • Genre: Regency Romance
  • Publisher: Cobalt Fairy
  • Publication: Dec 2019
  • ASIN: B0827S2QGP

About Scarlett Osborne

Born in the Sunshine State of Florida, but of both British and Nordic descent, Scarlett Osborne grew up reading historical romances from the land of her ancestors. Fascinated with the British society of the 1800s and armed with a wild imagination, she obtained a degree in Creative Writing and immediately started her career as a Regency romance author. 

A daydreamer extraordinaire, Scarlett likes to jump in the shoes of her heroines, immersing herself in her own stories, living the adventures that she wished she had experienced as a child. An avid reader and fan of the outdoors, Scarlett spends her free time either reading or going on long horseback rides along with her two sons.

Get lost in a land of enchantment, where adventure and love await around every corner...Scarlett hopes that through her heroes, you too will get to live a whirlwind romance in the Regency era, when fairytales were real and all dreams possible!


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The Most Bizarre and Creepy Tradition of the Victorian-era

Well, ladies and gents!

Ever since the appearance of man on earth, his desire to immortalize himself and his loved ones, through images, have been born. Take for example the prehistoric rock recordings. Over the centuries, only noble and affluent families could afford this, as only they were able to pay for the portraits made by the painters!

The unbearable cost of posing for a painter was replaced by the easily accessible posing on the early camera. The middle class now had the opportunity to immortalize not only its living members but also the dead ones. 

Weird, uh?

Post-mortem photographs, especially of infants and young children, appear at this time, not so much as to remind people of mortality but—most importantly—to keep the picture of their beloved dead forever.

Well keep reading, hun, it is becoming weirder! 🙂

Post-mortem Photography

Victorian life was suffused with epidemics such as diphtheria, typhus, and cholera. In Victorian times, child mortality rates were extremely high. Infants died days or even hours after birth and post-mortem photography was the only way for parents to have their child’s picture. In fact, it was the only picture. Creepy, if you ask me!

Post-mortem photography flourished in the 19th century to “die” with the widespread use of cameras.

The first post-mortem photographs usually depict the face or entire body of the dead, but rarely the coffin. The subject was set up in such a way that it looked like they were immersed in sleep, in bed or even in an armchair.

Children were usually photographed lying on a couch or on their swing, often with their favorite toy next to, or even hugging their parents. Adults were mainly placed in chairs or in specially designed frames.

Flower arrangements were a very common decoration of post-mortem photographs.

Creepy Tradition Today

Post-mortem photography survives nowadays, but in another form and for other reasons. 

We have photographs taken at cemeteries and at a scene of an accident or crime, shootings at execution sites in countries that still apply the death penalty, etc.

But these are for police, medical and legal reasons and have nothing to do with the causes of early post-mortem photography!

Immortalized Art

Post-mortem photography has been an inspiration for many contemporary artists.

Known for his posthumous photos is Enrique Metinides, a newspaper photographer. Although he is photographing victims of a police report in Mexico City, he does it in such a way that, despite the disgust of the show, it manages to have an aesthetic effect. Thus, many galleries have occasionally hosted his work.

Joel-Peter Witkin uses corpses, or dismembered portions thereof, as carriers in his macabre photographic compositions.

Irish photographer Maeve Berry has consolidated her reputation with photos of bodies cremated in the crematorium during the cremation ceremony, thus literally creating the “final” image.

Well, that’s it, sweetie!

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Written by Olivia Bennet