• Charlie Lane

Opium, Hedge Mazes, Poetry, and the Regency Era

Updated: Dec 13, 2021




A Dare Too Far is almost here, and I'm so excited to share Jane and George's story with you. I did a lot of research for this little (big!) book, and I'll organize some of the links I used here. You can subscribe to my newsletter if you want a little more discussion about opium usage during the Regency!










But first, some info on hedge mazes!


https://regencyredingote.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/the-hedge-or-topiary-maze/


https://www.regrom.com/2016/02/26/regency-pastimes-hampton-court-maze/


https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/whats-on/the-maze/#gs.hdzb8g


https://britishheritage.com/hedgemony-augustseptember-96-british-heritage-feature


 

Now how about a little bit about New Years Eve in Regency England?


https://www.kristenkoster.com/a-regency-primer-on-christmastide-new-years/

https://donnahatch.com/new-years-traditions-through-history/

https://janeaustensworld.com/2006/12/28/new-years-eve-traditions-some-old-some-new/

https://randombitsoffascination.com/2015/12/31/regency-christmas-traditions-ringing-new-year-2/


 

Opium Addiction During the Regency


Barbers sold opium!

https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/representations-of-drugs-in-19th-century-literature#


De Quincey's take:

https://theconversation.com/the-19th-century-book-that-spawned-the-opioid-crisis-87615



 

Some Poetry!


Kubla Khan: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43991/kubla-khan


John Donne, "Good Friday, 1613, Riding Westward": https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44103/good-friday-1613-riding-westward


John Donne, "The Flea": https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46467/the-flea


John Donne, "The Good Morrow" (in which Charlie can't finish reading the poem for constant swooning): https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44104/the-good-morrow



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