Bertie the Beau’s Official Risky Regencies Contest Rules

Welcome to the Risky Regencies Contest Rules! Prepare to be delighted by me, Bertram St. James, Exquisite, as I explain the rules to you with the wit and humour for which I am universally beloved!

1. Each entrant may enter under only one screen name. Anyone breaking this rule will be disqualified (and also never invited to Almack’s — after all, no one likes a cheater.) If you think you can pull the wool (or silk) over our eyes, do think again! The combination of my perspicacity, the Riskies’ native intelligence, and the doggedness of my pet hedgehog (not to mention the hedgehoggedness of my pet dog) will detect all light-fingered, computer-using Captain Sharps.

2. To enter a contest, simply leave a comment on the correct post. And please, make it a thoughtful comment! It need not be clever or funny (though either would be much appreciated) but you do need to say something. (For example, if the question were “What do you admire most about Bertie?” acceptable answers would include “He is the most elegant gentleman who ever existed!” and “His hair is a miracle of both nature and art!”)

The only exception to this: we may, from time to time, have contests in which we give the prize to the comment we judge the most worthy (e.g. the most amusing, the most thoughtful, &c.) When we do this, we will clearly state this in the post.

3. Isn’t my neckcloth too beautiful for words?

4. Risky Regencies bloggers and their families (including hedgehogs) are not eligible for prizes, although of course they are allowed to comment and chatter as much as they want. (They will anyway.)

5. We reserve the right to limit any contest to a specific geographic area (i.e. we may say “this contest is restricted to residents of these-or-those countries”) due to difficulties or costs of shipping certain prizes.

6. All prize winners will be announced in a later post — so do check back to see if you have won!


Exquisitely Yours,

Bertie the Beau

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15 years ago

My dear Sir – As a longtime, loyal reader of this blog, I am offended and appalled by your contest rules.

Commenting and replying takes me quite a long time given my poor eyesight and small step size, which is why I don’t often contribute to the discussions on this sight. But this set of rules really frosts my quills.

It is sad that you have turned your back on my small but meaningful audience of Regency Romance readers. My cursor will never again darken your website.

Good day, sir!

William T. Hedgehog
Fifth Rock Past The End of the Driveway

Bertram St James
15 years ago

Oh, but sir! You misunderstand me, quite!

I did not mean that all hedgehogs are disqualified! No, only those hedgehogs who happen to be family members of the Risky bloggers are not eligible! (Such as my pet hedgehog. By the way, please don’t mention to anyone that I’m keeping a hedgehog — the estimable lady with whom I am currently staying, Milady King, does not know that I have a spiky companion.)

Bertie the Beau, at your service

Cara King
15 years ago

By the way, please don’t mention to anyone that I’m keeping a hedgehog

Bertie, dear, you just DID.

(who now realizes who’s been digging those tunnels under the sofa)

15 years ago

Well, Bertie, you are a very elegant guy. . . but well, there is Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. . . and ah, well. . . 🙂

Oh, and a great neckcloth. . . but I’m presently watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, and it’s the second episode with Professor Moriarty, and he’s looking pretty good too! 🙂

And I don’t think I’d mind not going to Almacks. . . that place scares me. LOL 🙂


15 years ago

My Dear William T.:

Please don’t leave the blog! We value your very different perspective. And beside, if the hedgehog readership falls below a certain level we lose our government grant.

In my reading, I have sometimes come across hedgehogs refereed to as hedge-pigs. What is your opinion of this alternative name? The hedgehogs of my acquaintance are ambivalent.

Yours sincerely,


15 years ago

Dear website proprietor – your latest comment on this discussion topic has lead me to drop you from my list of favorites. Hedgehogs as hedgepigs, indeed.

To think, our noble race of beings, highly intelligent and clean, being compared to those lowly, hoof-dodging hedgehogs. What an appalling lack of class and respect your website shows by suggesting such a thing.

Your website has been so educational to us as well as being an amusing pastime, but as of this moment, I will have to begin a campaign against your site among all my animal friends.

Please excuse me, as I now have a barn to paint.

Squeaker T. Pig
Manor Farm

15 years ago

Dear Squeaker T.,

I don’t really see why you should be so offended. After all, what is a hog but a pig which has been cast…er, in a very bad light.

Ummm, on second thought, never mind. It’s not really important.


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