The Regency Academe


Exceptional classes about the Regency era led by exceptional instructors.

Available Class:

Crime in London
Class dates: June 1 – June 22, 2015
Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member
To Register:

Novels set during the Regency period are some of the most sought after in today’s market.  If you want to add a touch of suspense or a corpse or two to your novel, you need to know how criminals were caught and prosecuted at that time.  In the years before the establishment of the Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard, law enforcement in England was more medieval than modern.  So who kept the order?  How would a murderer or a smuggler get caught in 18th and early 19th century England?  How would they be tried and, if convicted, punished?  What else was considered a crime at the time?  Join Regency/historical author Jo Ann Ferguson to get the information and sources to lead you to the answers for those questions.

Class 1: Intro and Regency-era terms of law and order
Class 2: Justice of the Peace
Class 3: The Constable
Class 4: Smuggling and Shore Patrols
Class 5: The Beadle
Class 6: The Watch
Class 7: Police in London and by the Thames
Class 8: Bow Street
Class 9: Crimes and Criminals
Class 10: Arrests and Warrants
Class 11: Magistrates and Coroners
Class 12: House of Correction and Murder
Class 13: Trials
Class 14: Punishments
Class 15: Wrap-Up/Reference List for further information

Jo Ann Ferguson is the award-winning author of more than 100 titles.  She is currently working on the final book in the Lady Priscilla Flanders Regency mystery series she began for Zebra Regency and now writes for ImaJinn Forever Regency.  In addition, she writes Regency historicals for Harlequin Love Inspired Historical. She is a past president of Romance Writers of America and is a former president (and a founder) of the Beau Monde Regency Special Interest Chapter.  She has been teaching creative writing for over a decade and was awarded a Massachusetts Arts Grant.  She established the romance writing, popular fiction, and science fiction/fantasy courses at Brown University.


Upcoming Classes in 2015:

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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For information about becoming a presenter or submitting a workshop proposal, contact Nancy Mayer at



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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