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Gambling in Regency England

Many romances set in Regency England often depict the characters gambling and engaging in high-stakes betting. In general, Regency gentlemen wagered on a wider range of activities including cards, dice, horse races, cock fights… well, pretty much anything.
Some of the most famous gentlemen’s clubs of London included White’s, Brook’s, The Cocoa Tree and Almack’s, and were often referred to as ‘golden halls’.(Fun side note: Men’s clubs for the lower classes were called ‘copper hells’.)



Card games were an acceptable pastime for both sexes at private parties and assemblies.For the most part, these games were meant to entertain but some gentlemen sought out more disreputable ‘gaming hells’ to satisfy their addiction. Great fortunes were won and lost at the gaming tables during this time period.  Lucky for you, I compiled a list of the most common games played in the Regency period. Enjoy!
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Doctors in the Regency Era

I bet you didn’t realize that there were several types of doctors in the Regency Era. There were physicians, surgeons, apothecaries, and midwives/accouchers. The type of doctor they were determined what they practiced and their place in society.

Physicians- The highest rung on the social ladder
During the early 1800’s, physicians were regarded as gentleman because of their extra schooling and lack of apprenticeship. These men avoided any manual labor that was associated with their profession and spent most of their time diagnosing patients and writing prescriptions.

In turn, physicians were well received by the families they treated and often were invited to social events. If they dined with the families, they would eat with them as a guest of honor.
Physicians were the only qualified doctor to use the title of “Doctor”. (Surgeons and apothecaries were addressed as “Mister”.)

Surgeons-


Surgeons occupied a lower rung on the ladder due to their lack of schooling. They learned their trade f…

RELEASE DATE: July 1st

After a failed abduction attempt, Lady Rachel is sent into hiding on her uncle’s estate near the sleepy village of Rockcliffe on the shores of Scotland. As she struggles to cope with the nightmares of her past, she unwittingly stumbles into even greater danger than she left behind. And this time, Shadow isn't around to save her. Luke Beckett, the Marquess of Downshire, was content running his stud farm in solitude, far from the scheming of the devious women of Society. That is, until his neighbor's infuriatingly contrary niece rides into his life. Hiding behind the guise of a common horse trainer, he begins to form a peculiar friendship with Lady Rachel, without the constraints of his title. However, the longer the ruse continues, the more Luke realizes there is much more at stake than just their friendship. With the looming threat of a French invasion, Luke and Rachel must work together to stop the tangled web of treachery before it is too late. When the truth is finally reveal…

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Why I read my kids Fairy tales

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales.” Albert Einstein is quoted as saying. “If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

As a mother, I love sharing fantastical adventures that will allow my children to believe that love will conquer all and good will always triumph over evil. I love seeing the smiles on their sweet faces as Cinderella marries her Prince Charming and hear the words ‘happily ever after’. Perhaps that is reason enough why fairy tales are important, because they make us happy. 
“Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist,” English writer G.K. Chesterton says, “but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Let’s face it, life is hard. Negativity is everywhere. The reason why Fairy tales are so important is because they remind us to dream. It allows us to dare to believe that there’s our very own happy ending somewhere out there waiting to happen. 
Life itself is the most wonderfu…

GRAVESEND: A SMUGGLER'S PARADISE

My next book takes place in the ancient town of Gravesend, located in Kent, England. This town is rich in history, birthplace of Charles Dickens, and the final resting place for Pocahontas.

Back in the 18th century, the Thames estuary coast was not easily defined. All ships heading for London had to thread their way through treacherous channels and numerous mud-banks to find a safe harbor.
Many ships made unscheduled stops in the sticky mud, claiming their overnight wait was for the tide to shift. However, more times than not, this was just a ploy to unload half their cargo into small boats that suddenly appeared out of the gloom. From the ship's deck, the crew members would toss out parcels into the passing rowing boats.

Once ashore, and into the hands of the smugglers, pursuit was virtually impossible by the Revenue men, since the low-lying lands had large brackish pools and wide drainage dykes. 


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1800's Medical Cures... Some worked. And some fell far short.

As I have been researching the medical practices of the early 19th century, I have found myself in awe at some of the medications that were administered for various ailments. Due to the lack of knowledge at the time, doctors tended to treat the symptoms, rather than the disease.
During the 19th century, hospitals were only located in large cities and most physicians catered to the upper classes of society, leaving apothecaries or midwives for the lower classes.

Most of medicines that were prescribed were used to make the patient as comfortable as possible, while nature took its course and the patient could heal on his own. It is interesting to note that some treatments are still used today, such as baking soda to brush the teeth or ease indigestion.
I have complied a list of common ailments and the recommend medical cure in the 1800s:
In 1849, Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup was marketed for restless infants and small children, who were teething. Unfortunately, each bottle contained …