Today I did a bit of extra research on guitars in the Regency. I found out a number of very interesting things, and if you'd like to learn more, here are two very detailed and interesting posts from The Regency Redingote blog:
Now, of course I'm looking forward to including the trendy and somewhat hilarious harp-lute in a future book (maybe I'll even work a mention into this one), but the most exciting part for me personally is that this is what a harp-lute looks like:
[Image credit: "Kitty Stephens, later Countess of Essex" by George Henry Harlow, via Wikimedia Commons (I brightened it a bit so you could see the instrument better).]
Do you know why this is exciting to me?
I'll give you three guesses...
[GIF: Spock playing the Vulcan harp (also called the Vulcan lute!!!! BECAUSE IT'S A HARP-LUTE) accompanied by a space hippie on the bicycle-wheel.]
I guess maybe they don't look THAT similar? I don't care, please don't take this away from me! 😂🖖😂🖖😂
(I feel weirdly guilty about breaking the Patreon fourth wall, but: Theresa Romain, I know you're reading this and I needed the Star Trek:TOS/How to Ruin a Duke time-travel crossover fic ten minutes ago!! What do I have to give you to make this happen?????? INSERT PRAYER HANDS EMOJI x 1,000,000)
In other research news, yesterday I discovered an amazing and very gay 1799 novel entitled "The Witch, and the Maid of Honour" (the author identifies herself only as "The OLD WOMAN" but at least one scholar believes the author is Elizabeth Craven) and I highly recommend you read all about it here on my Twitter.
A personal highlight for me is the afterword (entitled "AN AUTHOR'S APOLOGY") in which the author apologizes for not including more deeply moving romance, but she wears glasses and if she had to constantly take them off to wipe away tears, she wouldn't get anywhere; she apologizes for not including any ghosts, but you're supposed to write what you know and she's never seen one; and she apologizes for not marrying off the main character, but she is extremely partial to unmarried ladies!
But seriously, read the whole thread.
And if you enjoyed that article about Babylonian borscht a few weeks ago, check out this thread in which an archaeologist baked bread using yeast they scraped off ancient Egyptian pottery!
(Oh, and Fast Friends: look for August's Rom-Com Game this Friday! Thanks for your patience.)
Hang in there! Your week's half over. ♥