The Royal Pavilion: A Whimsical Wonderland

East elevation of The Royal Pavilion. / Source: www.brightonmuseums.org

East elevation of The Royal Pavilion. / Source: www.brightonmuseums.org

While writing my novella Masquerade Melody, I had the fun task of researching a new-to-me historical landmark—the whimsical Royal Pavilion!

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal residence located in Brighton, England which can still be enjoyed by visitors today! Beginning in 1787, it was built in stages as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811. The current appearance of the Pavilion with its exotic domes and minarets is the work of architect John Nash who extended the building, starting in 1815 and ending in 1823.

Queen Victoria visited the Pavilion after ascending the throne in 1837, and she was none too impressed with her uncle’s decadent palace. After just two return visits, the Queen resolved to sell the Royal Pavilion in the late 1840’s. When the opportunity arose to acquire the Pavilion, leading figures in the town recognized the importance of the structure to Brighton’s history and economy. The building was purchased by the town of Brighton in 1850 for £53,000 and remains to this day the only royal palace not owned by the state or the Crown.

Let’s take a brief cyber-tour of this singularly unique British landmark as it stands today!

A Whimsical Wonderland

Upon entering the Royal Pavilion, we pass through a porte-cochere and then the Octagon Hall.

Octagon Hall at The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. / Source: Pinterest

Octagon Hall at The Royal Pavilion in Brighton, England. / Source: Pinterest

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The Regency Brides Collection: Facebook Event!

Today I am pleased to announce the release of my third novella!

*dances a merry jig and tosses rose petals in the air*

The Regency Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing.

Romance is a delicate dance bound by rules and expectations in Regency England…
Seven couples must navigate society’s gauntlet to secure the hand of true love.
 

The Regency Brides Collection

My contribution to the collection is entitled Masquerade Melody, and the story takes place in 1819, the year of Queen Victoria’s birth.

Masquerade Melody

To celebrate the collection’s release, the other authors and I are hosting a special online event. And you’re invited to join us!

The Regency Ball RSVP by heading to The Regency Ball Facebook Event page and clicking the Going button. Then, on the night of the ball, simply return to that page to enjoy the festivities. I hope to see you on the dance floor! 

Until then, you’re most welcome to visit my Masquerade Melody Pinterest board to take a cyber-tour of the whimsical Royal Pavilion. And for those desiring a more intimate tour, with a dash of romance, be sure to secure a copy of my novella in The Regency Brides Collection!

Victorian Fancy Dress: Defined and Described

If you’re an American reader of historical fiction set in the Victorian Era, then chances are you’ve stumbled across the phrase “fancy dress.” And chances are you may have assumed said phrase literally meant the novel’s heroine was wearing a fancy dress—as in a lavish gown designed for high society soirees. And chances are you might’ve suffered great confusion when the novel’s hero arrived, at the same soiree, also donning a fancy dress.

“Why has gruff Lord Deveron suddenly taken to wearing crinolines, and why, in heavens name, do none of the characters seem to notice this odd wardrobe alteration?”

For readers who’ve gawked at a paperback in a similar state of puzzlement, this post is for you. Let’s take the perplexity out of this phrase once and for all!

Victorian Fancy Dress Defined

Hornet Fancy Dress Costume Sketch from “Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls” by Ardern Holt. Fifth Edition, Publication Date: 1887.  Publisher: Wyman & Sons London. / Source: Archive.org

Hornet Fancy Dress Costume Sketch from “Fancy Dresses Described; or, What to Wear at Fancy Balls” by Ardern Holt. Fifth Edition, Publication Date: 1887. Publisher: Wyman & Sons London. / Source: Archive.org

According to the Merriam-Webster English Dictionary “fancy dress” is defined as: Continue reading