The Regency Academe

Exceptional classes about the Regency era led by exceptional instructors.

Available Class
The Culture of War, Weapons and Violence During the Regency with Merien Grey
Class dates: January 5 – January 30, 2015
Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member
To Register:

Working as an intelligence professional for over a decade, one aspect I always had to consider was how the cultures and peoples I observed placed value on life. I was required to determine everything from how desensitized they were to violence and suffering, to how far they would go to preserve a life or how easily they would take it. Character research in fiction is done via many of the same basic principles. Where characters are concerned, watching one make life and death decisions or if and how they use a weapon, can be as telling as watching them give a tender caress or make love. If done subtly, a reader can discern more about a character in a few seconds of violence, or how the character reacts to violence, than in several paragraphs or even chapters’ worth of backstory.

This class will cover the culture of war and violence just prior to and during the Regency. It will also cover several classes of weapon and various individual weapons for the purpose of representing them and their use accurately. To cover a weapon without covering how, why and to what degree of ferocity it was employed provides only a small portion of the story. Over the month, we will cover how people who lived during the Regency looked at violence, how they came to feel that way, which weapons they might use for any number of confrontations and why. In each section, I will provide a list of programs, videos, photos and references. Upon closing, I will give each participant a free pass to ask about one class related aspect specific to their work in progress, at their convenience, off loop, to round out the subject matter and make sure every student takes something useful away from the class.

Four Weeks: Weekly posts will be very early Monday mornings with a second post midweek. Questions will be answered every evening for the duration of the course. Topic oriented bonus posts may occur if interest is apparent.


Merien Grey spent over a decade travelling the world as a military intelligence analyst observing all manner of people and their behavior. During her exploits, she was forced to develop a working knowledge of what many consider historical weapons since many third world countries still use them. This line of study took on a life of its own and became a hobby she has enjoyed and built on over the years. When she began writing Regency romance, it was a natural progression to making the Regency her main period of interest. It has been her favorite recreational study subject for over a decade now. Merien has degrees in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. She can be found under her name on Twitter, Facebook and at Merien currently lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier in Washington state with her husband, two dogs and a kindergartner who rules the land with an iron hand, at least until bedtime.


Upcoming Classes in 2015:

Regency Weapons with Rhonda Beardsley
January 5 – January 23

Women at War with Bill Haggart

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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