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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Yes, it definitely has dandyish overtones these days, doesn't it. I love the plain styles of the Regency cravats. I'd have been one of the people at the time who frowned upon the introduction of colours and patterns!
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on The Elegance of the Cravat at Word Wenches
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LOL, Anne, on your father disapproving of the cravat! Both my father-in-law and his brother were keen cravat wearers, both ex-military men.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2014 on The Elegance of the Cravat at Word Wenches
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An interesting thought, Mary. I'd give the cravat a go. I adore wearing scarves.
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Yes, I never twigged the Cravat/Croatia link, Mary Jo! Perhaps it's better that they don't make a come back and leave us to look in appreciation on those gorgeous guys in Regency gear!
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Fascinating, Shannon. Here too there is a very self-conscious dandyish style that involves a cravat. It's definitely a fashion "tribe" thing and you're right, if it became mainstream the cachet would be lost. It's such an interesting trend that is half-parody and yet still about swagger and the artistic aesthetic.
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That's a very good point about beards and cravats, Shannon. Not a good look, IMO!
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There would be a definite danger of swooning, Charlotte! Yes, I was just looking at my wedding pictures and thinking how good the guys would have looked in Regency style cravats.
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2014 on The Elegance of the Cravat at Word Wenches
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Haha, so true about the underwear, Sonya! Although some men do still scrub up very smartly. Rupert Penry Jones as Wentworth is definitely a good advertisement for cravats and Regency style!
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Nicola here, and today I’m talking about the cravat. Such an elegant part of a Regency gentleman’s attire. Cravat-wearing fell out of fashion in the late the 20th century when it became a synonymous with the sort of gin-quaffing, yacht-sailing, smooth-talking roles played by actors such as Roger Moore or David Niven. It became a bit of a parody and even a joke. Yet at the recent Edinburgh Festival one author at least was encouraging gentlemen to pick up their cravats again and wear them proudly. Nicholas Parsons said: "I've seen people with beautifully tailored jackets on, with an open... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Word Wenches
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What a lovely post Cara/Andrea! I enjoy this part of the year so much when we are on the cusp of autumn and you can feel the change in the air. I do miss taking Angus out for his bedtime walk in the twilight. It's lovely in the summer because we often see the barn owl dipping over the fields and the deer grazing. But on clear nights in autumn we stop to look at the sky and often see shooting stars, so I'm not complaining!
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Thanks for all the thoughts on Wolf Hall. I found it unlike anything I'd ever read before and I had to work pretty hard at it. Like Shannon I was intrigued that Hilary Mantel was able to make Thomas Cromwell such an attractive character. I have Bring up the Bodies to read on my holiday. Such an interesting selection of books this month - I am going to take a look at Broadsides and Midnight Riot - and thank you for all the other recommendations!
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on What We're Reading in August at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Ella. I think that is always the difficulty, isn't it - how to make a character like that realistic and sympathetic enough for the reader to engage with her. A great challenge for an author!
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I like the sound of Lady Freyja, Carol. Will check that one out. Thank you!
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Hi Kanch! I thought the production was tremendous and liked most of the musical bits although some were a bit too much! Moll's charisma was riveting. I found it surprisingly sympathetic towards Moll's character for an early 17th century play.
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Isn't the Cosmo cover great, Mary Jo? I found it on a news archive website. I think you need quite a mathematical mind as well as creativity to be good at needlework in all its forms. Love the idea of your dowager and her granddaughter bonding over embroidery!
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I loved Mr Impossible, Shannon! I do have a soft spot for bluestocking heroines who have to hide their learning from society or family disapproval. Sylvia Andrew wrote a great book with a code-breaking heroine as part of the Steepwood Scandal series.
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Absolutely, Artemisia. The "feminine arts" were and are extremely skilful and a fascinating background to any heroine's experience, I think. I love stories that feature heroines skilled in embroidery or art or music etc.
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Thank you, Mary Jo. I love the term "an Original!" So descriptive!
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Very interesting points, Sonya, thank you. I agree that to contrast "traditional" feminine talents unfavourably against a hoyden heroine can be very irritating. I agree that whilst it's clear that wayward women did exist, it's unlikely that their families and society in general would be very indulgent of their antics!
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Nicola here. Last week I had the fabulous treat of a trip to Stratford-On-Avon to see the play “The Roaring Girl,” written by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, who were contemporaries of William Shakespeare. The poster for it is on the left. I love the Swan Theatre at Stratford; it is small and intimate with the stage projecting into the audience and a three-sided gallery. You feel transported back to the sort of theatre that 17th century audiences would have visited, though probably these days we have more comfortable seats. The Roaring Girl is the story of a character called... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Thank you! I hope you enjoy the Scottish Brides!
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I've just looked up Mexican Martini, Glenda. Sounds delicious. I must give that a try.
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Nancy Alice, that sounds great! If you would like a fellow traveller on your whisky tour I volunteer!
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Hot spiced cider. Yum! Sounds delicious and very warming, Vicki!
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Wow, Jackie, the glogg sounds amazing! I'm a huge fan of tea too. I have several cups a day.
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