The Regency Academe

Exceptional classes about the Regency era led by exceptional instructors.

Available Class:
Women at War
Class dates: February 1 – February 28, 2015
Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member
To Register:

During the Napoleonic wars thousands of women marched with the armies in every campaign and saw women under fire on every battlefield. Some followed their officer husbands, some were there as officially sanctioned members of the armies, and some were a wide variety of camp followers.

This class will explore the world of these women at war, their experiences and roles in the military and society. While focused on British women during the Peninsular War and Waterloo, the class will also examine how the British army was a reflection of the ways women were involved in all European armies of the period, from the French cantinières to Russian and Spanish soldier maidens. Yes, even those women who wore the uniform and fought along side men will be examined.

The class will present a great deal of information, each lesson providing a summary of the more extensive lesson, supporting documents and pictures. Each lesson will run between 1500 to 5000 words. Ample time for discussion will be provided. The primary goal of the class will be to offer the kind of detail and stories that can aid writers in recreating the world of the Regency, the Napoleonic Wars and European Society.

Over the course of the class, there will be fourteen lessons in seven weeks. It will cover not only the different types of women involved in army life, but the laws, administration and circumstances surrounding their lives. We will also examine how British and European society viewed women who followed the drum, the history that led to the Napoleonic participation of women in war. There will be a bibliography as well as a number of pictures, documents and additions supporting the class lessons.

Weekly lesson posts will be Sunday afternoon with a second post midweek. There will be an additional post on Friday during the last two weeks of the class. Questions will be answered every evening for the duration of the course. Topic oriented posts may occur if interest is apparent.


Bill Haggart has been a member of RWA, the Sacramento Valley Rose and the Beau Monde since 2002. He has taught history and writing classes on line and presented to various writing and history organizations. He has had a life-long love affair with Regency and Napoleonic era, starting in high school when he read Napoleon’s Marshals. He has been an educator his entire life… until retiring this year. He has a BA in both history and psychology, as well as a masters in education. He taught high school social studies for fifteen years, then became a teacher trainer with a national training company for five years, and finally, since 1992 headed up his own training and consulting business. He has trained over 150,000 educators and parents, worked with over 700 schools, 5 state departments of education, both national teacher associations, been an adjunct professor for 15 different universities and worked with a number of other organizations and foundations in twenty-two different states and Canada. He is very happy to be retiring. His pastime has been studying history, something he could do on the road. This class is one result of that passion. Bill lives with the love of his life, Joy. Married 42 years, they live in Grass Valley, California. They have two married sons. One is an engineer who designed the wheels and motors for the Curiosity lander now on Mars. The older son is a marketing specialist with his own company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.


Upcoming Classes in 2015:

Regency Politics with Rose Lerner

Battlefield Medicine with Georgie Lee

Crime in London with Jo Ann Ferguson

The Royal Navy with Cindy Vallar


Alternate Payment Methods

Though PayPal is preferred, a personal check can be mailed. Contact moderator for mailing address. To ensure a timely invite to class all checks must be received no later than the Thursday before class begins.

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In what format are the classes presented?
We use Yahoo groups to present our classes. After you sign up an E-vite is sent to your email. You accept the E-vite to join the group and set up your membership (individual email is recommended). After you have set up your membership all classes and class communications are sent to your email.

When will I receive my E-vite?
E-vites are typically issued two days before class begins.

What do I do if I am having a problem with my E-vite?
Contact Nancy at to request assistance.

What do I do if I do not receive an E-vite?
If you registered prior to the beginning of class and did not receive an E-vite within the above-mentioned time frame, first check your SPAM folder to ensure it was not incorrectly routed there. If there is no E-vite in your SPAM folder, please contact to request another E-vite to be sent.

Will late registration delay joining the class?
Registrations and payment confirmation can take up to 48 hours to process. We try our best to reduce this time frame, but strongly encourage participants to register a minimum of 4 days prior to the class start date.

If I miss a class or a post can I retrieve it?
All classes can be accessed on the Yahoo Group site.

Need Help?
Contact Nancy Mayer at

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