Ambassadors of sentiment

CaptureFew people in history actually define an era or period. Napoleon did briefly. I’d say the regnal eras, those dynastic periods defined by the reign of a king or queen, are the ones that seem to stick. Eras defined as Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Caroline, Georgian, Regency, and Edwardian, all have things about them that draw immediate images in our minds. As a long-time living history presenter, I see clothing styles first. Then I see the rest…

For the Tudor period I picture Henry VIII of course, but I also see architecture. Elizabethan fills my head with theater. Jacobean gives me images of Guy Fawkes and musketeers.  The Caroline era comes to me in the form spaniels! (King Charles spaniels specifically). The Georgian era puts redcoats and revolution in my mind. Regency calls up empire dresses and Mr. Darcy. Mmm Darcy.  And the Edwardian era comes to me with women’s suffrage and germ theory, not to mention it ushers in mechanized warfare. 

Did you notice which one is missing from that list? Hint1: a long-running period utterly defined by one woman. Hint2: She had a HUGE family. Hint3: Her era fell between Georgian and Edwardian. From 1837 to 1901.

Yes, I’m speaking of Queen Victoria and the Victorian era.  It was a long era because she was queen a long time. In that span so many things were credited to her –too many for this post. Check here for more.  A lot of symbols come out of the Victorian era. In fact, Victoria herself was a symbol of British imperialism and pride. In the next few posts, I’m going to touch upon some great symbols that could be used to add depth to historical romance.  

flowersToday ~ The symbol of flowers during Victoria’s reign.

Flowers adorned just about everything in the Victorian era. Decor-wise, it was an extremely busy time for the eye. Flowers decorated every other inch of people’s lives, and men’s and women’s clothing and jewelry sported all manner of florals too. I offer a site with an impressive list of 371 Victorian flowers and their symbology. I’ve tucked a few into my stories.
A fantastic reference site with more info than flowers:

Tomorrow: More!


Another 100 Things Blogging Challenge! For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Words on the Verge of Extinction. There are 80 entries to come.

Here’s one for today:

Prandicle (noun appeared 1656-1658)

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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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8 Responses to Ambassadors of sentiment

  1. melissakeir says:

    She obviously was influential to have such a long period named after her. It’s amazing how her period is often thought of as one where sex and promiscuity was frowned upon.

    • Isn’t that strange? She collected erotic sketches, porn was hugely popular, and a whole sub-culture of gender-bending was going on at the same time. I wonder who started the prim Victorian stereotype?

  2. rosgemmell says:

    Very interesting, Rose – I love the language of flowers and have a little book about it. I think Queen Victoria was very careful about preserving the family ideal and her period was rife with double standards.

  3. Love the Victorian era.


  4. I love the language of flowers, and I also love girls’ names that are flowers, such as Lily, Daisy – or Rose! Great post!

    • 🙂 Thanks. So do I. How fun to have elaborate flower names distilled down to a useable nickname. I once had an in-law named Rose of Sharon. They called her Shar. My own name is shortened — a diminutive for rose.

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