London's High Society in the Regency Era: A Business of Pleasure with Dr. Julie Taddeo

London's High Society in the Regency Era: A Business of Pleasure with Dr. Julie Taddeo


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In Regency England, the London season—from the end of January, when Parliament reopened, until July—brought members of the titled peerage into the city to conduct government. Meanwhile, their wives held balls and parties to network. Known as the “Ton,” they comprised of a few hundred wealthy families whose strict codes of conduct, fashion, and social customs dictated who and what was socially acceptable. They were the celebrities of the early 19th century, engaged in what was described as "a business of pleasure." 

Exacting rules guided members of the Ton and their families from what they wore, when ladies debuted, how they courted, who they married, where they lived, what they ate, and what work men did—or didn’t do. It was not easy to gain entry to this elite circle, and anything done beyond its rigid proscriptions was enough to render the offender ignored—or worse. Eventually, the Ton was forced to change over time to welcome non-aristocratic members into their ranks or risk dying off.

 Led by Julie Taddeo, a historian of British history at the University of Maryland and frequent Context presenter, this seminar will peer beneath the fantasy perpetuated by romance novels and TV series like "Bridgerton" to closely examine the larger social and political world of the men and women who lived "in the fashionable mode" and whose lives were tightly circumscribed by rules, gossip, and fear of scandal. 

Dr. Julie Taddeo is Research Professor of History at University of Maryland. Her area of expertise is Modern British social and cultural history. She has published several books on such topics as the Bloomsbury Group, Steampunk, British period drama television, and reality TV.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Tara Gurber (Chicago, US)
A Fun and Interesting Presentation

The presentation was really enjoyable Dr Taddeo was so knowledgeable and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to sign up for more of her sessions.

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Anonymous (Crofton, US)
Nice overview of the Regency Ton

Dr. Taddeo gives an entertaining and interesting lecture on the Regency elite, how they do business, act, dress and party all in an atmosphere of pleasure. She brings in many points of current literature we are familiar with such as Bridgerton, Jane Austen adaptations, and Georgette Heyer. This is definitely for people who have found the Regency era interesting but may not know the actual history of the period.

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Tara Gurber (Chicago, US)
A Fun and Interesting Presentation

The presentation was really enjoyable Dr Taddeo was so knowledgeable and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plan to sign up for more of her sessions.

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Anonymous (Crofton, US)
Nice overview of the Regency Ton

Dr. Taddeo gives an entertaining and interesting lecture on the Regency elite, how they do business, act, dress and party all in an atmosphere of pleasure. She brings in many points of current literature we are familiar with such as Bridgerton, Jane Austen adaptations, and Georgette Heyer. This is definitely for people who have found the Regency era interesting but may not know the actual history of the period.