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John Playford, author of The English Dancing Master, a tome of dance music and figures much used in Regency Ballrooms

John Playford, author of The English Dancing Master, a tome of dance music and figures much used in Regency Ballrooms

The grand courtesan Harriette Wilson could never forgive Brummell for 'being more elegant than herself'.

The grand courtesan Harriette Wilson could never forgive Brummell for 'being more elegant than herself'.

Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey (25 February 1753, St James's – 23 July 1821, Cheltenham) was one of the more notorious of the many mistresses of King George IV when he was Prince of Wales, "a scintillating society woman, a heady mix of charm, beauty, and sarcasm".

Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey (25 February 1753, St James's – 23 July 1821, Cheltenham) was one of the more notorious of the many mistresses of King George IV when he was Prince of Wales, "a scintillating society woman, a heady mix of charm, beauty, and sarcasm".

Regency dance etiquette: Careful! If you refuse a partner, you cannot dance the rest of the evening!

Regency dance etiquette: Careful! If you refuse a partner, you cannot dance the rest of the evening!

Beauty and the Beast and Pride and Prejudice. Yesssssss. Mr. Collins is so creepy. Best Mr. Collins ever portrayed too!

Beauty and the Beast and Pride and Prejudice. Yesssssss. Mr. Collins is so creepy. Best Mr. Collins ever portrayed too!

Portrait of John Playford, and frontispiece of Playford's Introduction to the Skill of Musick. Published 1718.

Portrait of John Playford, and frontispiece of Playford's Introduction to the Skill of Musick. Published 1718.

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