Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It's Trivia!

As most of you undoubtedly already know, this week marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's famous novel "Pride and Prejudice", but, can you name the originally intended title of the book?

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gruesome Tales From History- The Vengeance of Brian Boru

The facts surrounding the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 are a bit muddled, surrounded by legend and much historical re-writing over the centuries; but one thing is clear, that Brian Boru, High King of Ireland did die. Perhaps not in battle, perhaps as the outcome of a terrible treachery, but die he did and the vengeance taken on his behalf is not for the faint of heart.

According to one version of the story, having retired to his tent to pray during the battle King Brian was surprised by two Danish mercenaries fleeing his victorious troops. One of them, Brodir, felled the king, but was himself captured not long after. His punishment? His abdomen was cut open, his entrails attached to a tree, and he was forced to walk around the trunk until they were completely unwound and he expired. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Link of the Week- WWI Humor

When you think of war you probably don't think of humor, but there was at least one soldier during that time who wrote of his experiences with a more droll perspective. Find out more here.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming Regency Events

Though I very doubt that I will have the time to attend any events for a while (having moved to a more rural location this past fall and taken a new position), I am happy to share with you some of the upcoming activities with the VRS.

Workday at Bacon's Castle
February 23, 2013, Surry, VA
 ...and...Mother/Daughter Tea at Bacon's Castle
The Regency Society of Virginia will be assisting Bacon's Castle in hosting a Regency-themed tea party for mothers and daughters.
 

March 1, 2013 - John Marshall House Season Open House - Richmond, VA - 10AM

Help our friends at the John Marshall House in Downtown Richmond start the season by donning your Federal Era clothing and enhancing the period atmosphere for visitors.

March 9, 2013 - "Celebrating Pride and Prejudice" - Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts,  Suffolk, VA - 2:00 pm

The year 2013 marks the bicentennial of the publication of the best known novel of Regency authoress extraordinaire, Jane Austen.  We'll be celebrating this classic work of English literature in conjunction with the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts with a showing of the 2005 movie version of Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen, followed by a talk on the novel by Margaret Sullivan, author of The Jane Austen Handbook and editrix of AustenBlog.com, and a Regency tea.  Period costume is encouraged but is not required.  Tickets for this event are $15/person and may be ordered through the Suffolk Center's website or by calling their box office at (757) 923-2900.
 
For more events and information you can visit http://www.varegency.org/eventscalendar.html

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Some Edwardian Inspiration

1911
I'm currently designing a show for early February that is set in the Edwardian era, which I'm extremely excited about because it really allows me to stretch my creative muscles after a long sequence of largely modern productions. I've amassed quite the collection of interesting images, so I thought I would share just a few to spark your imaginations as well.

1910s (http://lamodeillustree.livejournal.com/298345.html)

(http://www.marianiforos.com/clothing56detail.html)

1910-1914  (http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/80002285)
1910s (http://changesblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/edwardian-era-and-labelle-epoque-sewing.html)