Today we're thrilled to welcome Vanessa Kelly (My Fair Princess) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Ballrooms are the backdrops to many naughty historical romance moments, but just how naughty did Regency balls get? Vanessa explains it all! Thanks, Vanessa!
“Arriving at the Masquerade…at length, you are exhilarated by the average allowance of lethargic Harlequins, drunken Hermits, buckish Magicians, sneaking Emperors, august Tinkers, dejected Merry-Andrews, hoydening Abbesses, drivelling Minervas, lusty Ghosts, etc. etc. what little character there is lying exclusively among the Dominos.”
That’s a quote from Bell's Court and Fashionable Magazine, describing a masquerade ball in 1806. If you’re a Regency miss out for a lark, this is the type of ball you want to attend. But we’ll get to the naughty stuff in a minute.
There’s nothing like a good ballroom scene to propel a story in interesting directions. In my books, all sorts of good and bad behaviour occur at balls—including sexy times between the hero and heroine, which invariably leads to a juicy scandal. Can you say marriage of convenience?