Author Archives: William Savage

About William Savage

Independent researcher and author of mystery stories set in Georgian Norfolk.

Georgian Courtship

In modern times, choosing a partner is seen as primarily a matter for the two persons concerned; a decision based on individual feelings of desire, affection and love. Not so in the eighteenth century. That’s not to say that none … Continue reading

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Fox-hunting in Georgian Days

“Mr. Peter Delme’s Hounds on the Hampshire Downs”, by James Seymour, 1738. “Fox-hunting as we know it,” the social historian Roy Porter wrote, “was a Georgian invention.” He was, of course, referring to people on horseback, with a pack of … Continue reading

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Georgian Workers in Wood

In the eighteenth century, not all craftsmen were equal. There was a definite hierarchy amongst them, based on a number of different factors: the amount of skill or artistry required to do the work, the nature of the materials used … Continue reading

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Norfolk “Navigations”

Britain’s economy and population grew rapidly during the eighteenth century, accelerating as the century progressed. There was a tendency both for population and industry to become clustered in specific locations; firstly around suitable supplies of water for waterpower, then close … Continue reading

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The Eighteenth-Century Attorney

“He did not care to speak ill of anyone behind his back, but he believed the gentleman was an attorney.” (A comment on an absent friend by Dr Johnson in 1770, as reported by Boswell) The term ‘attorney’ in the … Continue reading

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Eighteenth-Century Literary Cats

  The eighteenth century is often counted as the beginning of the modern era. Many attitudes and customs, associated with the Middle Ages, were replaced by approaches that we recognise as closely akin to our modern ways of doing things. … Continue reading

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John Money: Despair and Rescue

We left Major John Money, the balloonist, on Saturday, July 23rd, 1785, up to his waist in water and convinced it was only a matter of time before his balloon sank and he would be drowned. At first, he seemed … Continue reading

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