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We’re Having a Heat Wave — 11 Comments

  1. Oh how true! I never considered that before. Of all the problems of Recency life the absence of bathing and toilet facilities such as we have now would have been the worst. And yes as you say the smells must have been horrendous. So yes I definitely would have preferred to be at Pemberley (especially if Darcy was there as well 😍)

    • I agree. Plenty of servants there to prepare cool beverages and bring them to us on the shaded veranda, where there’s always a pleasant breeze…

  2. I think I may have posted the quote about “a continual state of inelegance” when we were asked to share our favorite JA quote. This one always makes me smile, and I think of it on hot days when I try to keep my hair off the back of my neck! Well, at least Regency hairstyles made for some coolness, even if there were no deodorants and infrequent bathing. 😉

    Thanks for this interesting post, Shannon. It makes me feel a little cooler knowing that things were worse in Regency times. 😉

    Warmly (or Warmer than I would like to be,)
    Susanne 🙂

    • I didn’t think about hair, but you’re right Susanne. At least they wore their hair up and off their necks! Thanks for your comment. 😀

  3. The regency era was the time when people started to realize that health and cleanliness went hand in hand. So, people did make an effort to wash several times a day. Not everyone had a bath due to the work hauling water up to the tub but they did wash all the important parts. There is a reference (which I can’t find at the moment) of gentry bathing (in a tub) twice a day when it was really hot out. Men’s linen shirts helped wick away moisture and they would change them several times a day. Women could get away with wearing very little. Having experienced the JA festival in Louisville in 90 degree heat, in period clothes, I have to say a good bonnet goes a long way to keeping you cool. The men had it worse, they had far more layers.Still I imagine the stink was sometimes too much to bear.

    • Thanks for adding your insights, Suzanne. I guess, as usual, the ones we should really feel sorry for are the servants – hauling all the water for bathing and laundering all those changes of clothing! Haha! And I hope you’re right about the bonnet. I’ll be at a JA festival this weekend, in full costume, and I’ve been wondering how hot it’s going to get.

  4. Love your garden flowers! This summer has been more wet than normal with only a few high humidity days thrown in. I do prefer the cooler temperatures. As for surviving a Regency summer, I think I would manage but under the shade of a tree in the country at Pemberley! I bought ‘Leap of Hope’ so hope to read it this summer!

    • Thanks for commenting, and I’m so glad you’re going to read LoH, Carole “in Canada.” I will be “in Canada” myself this weekend – Port Alberni, BC, for a Jane Austen Festival. Should be fun!

      • Wish I could join you! However, I am all the way over in Ontario! I will have to check it out on the web though! Have fun!

  5. I bought “Leap Of Hope” and am madly in love with it. It is so much fun to read and an absolute delight. It’s funny that every time I have thought a book was not something I would like, an author proves how wrong I am. Now I am going to buy the first book in the series too. Please keep writing the Leap series. If anyone has not read these books, give them a try. I am so busy reading that it is hard to get anything done. This book has a little of everything, and a very endearing heroine. Shannon you seriously have to write a sequel for Hope! I am not quite half through it, and I don’t want it to end. A very clever idea, and really well executed. I just love Hope. Great job.

    • Yippee! Thanks, Mari, for letting me know how much you are enjoying “Hope,” and for helping me spread the word! It’s been a little slow to catch on, probably because it’s a little different than my others, but I think it will be a lot of fun for any JA fan. Sounds like that’s what you’ve discovered anyway. 😀

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