Finding Regency in all the Strange Places

The weekend of June 17 I was in Alabama for my high school reunion. I lived at Fort McClellan, Alabama, those years, an army post that closed about five years ago and is now being rejuvenated into a very nice community. My friend Barbara and I visited the neighborhood where we used to live, a neighborhood that is now a historic site, Historic Buckner Circle (just like Chatsworth!). here is a picture of my house and a view of the neighborhood:

Barbara and I attended Jacksonville High School. Our high school building has been demolished, but the town of Jacksonville is very unchanged. We went into a used bookstore in town and look what I found!

It is a book I didn’t own, too. But I own it now.

We also killed time one day at an antique shop and I found this:
It is, of course, a print of the famous Gainsborough portrait of one of my favorite historic figures, Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. I have not taken it out of its frame to see if it is an original engraving, but most likely it is a reproduction. In any event, I happily bought it. She looks so beautiful.

The moral of this story is, never pass up a book store or an antique store. You never know what you’ll find.
But I’ll bet you all knew that already.

About diane

Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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Risky Regencies
16 years ago

I read the White book a long time ago, Diane. From my totally hazy recollection, I suspect you will already know a lot of what is in the text. But this looks like a different edition, with nicer illustrations. Sometimes the pictures are priceless!

Elena Greene
16 years ago

Uh, that last comment was from me.

Elena 🙂

Diane Perkins
16 years ago

the illustrations are nice. You are right. By now I know a lot of the basic Regency information, but you can never tell what obscure fact a book might verify. I remember searching for the name of a hotel my unmarried hero would stay in in Mayfair. There the info was in The Regency Companion, which I am fortunate to own.

Amanda McCabe
16 years ago

Never pass up a book or antique shop is now my new motto for life! 🙂 Your old neighborhood looks lovely, Diane.


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