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Lend me your eyes and ears, me hearties! Author Jenna Jaxon is aboard Le Bone today with a historical post about Regency gamblers AND her new release, HEART OF DESIRE, Handful of Hearts Book #2!
Happy Release Day, Lady Jenna!!! 🙂
During the Georgian and Regency periods, gambling became an almost respectable vice. Losing or winning vast sums was pretty much the norm in Regency circles, either at private parties, public assemblies such as Almack’s, gentlemen’s clubs (White’s was notorious for it,) or in gambling casinos called “gaming hells.” It was one of the few past times that both men and women could participate in together without censure.
People gambled on everything from cards to dice to horse races to more personal things like women or the outcome of a duel. White’s was famous for its betting book, where one young man wagered £3,000 on which of two raindrops would reach the end of a pane of glass first. Fortunes could be made or lost in only several hours’ play.