Regency ladies with a drawing pad
When studying a woman’s role in the Regency era, one truly appreciates the great strides today’s Western women have made in making personal choices and leading interesting and independent lives. In Jane Austen’s day, women from all walks of life were constrained by their family, society’s mores, and unfair laws that prevented them all but a blessed handful from the rights to their children or owning property.
If you watched Regency House Party, a 2004 reality TV show (Wall to Wall/Channel 4) you would have seen how bored the modern young women who reenacted the lives of upper crust Regency women were. Overseen by a strict chaperone, their days were indolent, filled with long periods of visiting, reading, walking, sewing, painting lessons, music lessons, dance lessons, meals, naps, and letter writing.
Modern women reenact Regency ladies in Regency House Party, 2004.
In Regency House…
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