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Regency-Era Hobbies

As appalling as this may sound, as unbelievably insane…

Wait a minute. Perhaps you should sit down for this, brace yourself.

All right. Deep breaths. Where was I?

Oh yes. As appalling as this may sound, Regency-era poor souls did not have phones, television, computers, video games, or anything else we 2020-creatures spend most of our time doing.

So what did they do? What occupied their time? What sort of pleasures kept them entertained?

Below are a few of the hobbies a Regency-era gentleman or lady might have enjoyed:

  • Painting and drawing
  • Writing letters
  • Playing instruments
    • piano-forte
    • guitar
    • lyre
    • harp
  • Taking walks
  • Cards and games
    • Blind Man’s Bluff
    • Lawn Bowls
    • The Game of Graces
    • Cup and Ball
    • Spillikins
    • Whist
    • And more!
  • Carriage rides
  • Archery
  • Reading
  • And of course, dancing

Would you trade your phone for a country ride in a phaeton? Would you replace your television with a harp, or your video game for the Game of Graces?

Hannah Linder is a Christian fiction author, graphic designer, and photographer.

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