The Regency Academe


Exceptional classes about the Regency era led by exceptional instructors.

Available Class:

British Royal Navy 1770-1815
Class dates: September 1 – September 30, 2015
Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member
To Register:

Once England crushed the Spanish Armada, her navy came to rule the seas. This workshop explores one period in British naval history – a time that saw the nation at war with her American colonies, and later against Napoleon. It is a favorite time period for many romance novels, but the maritime world can be a bit intimidating to writers unfamiliar with the Age of Sail. Cindy attempts to explain this mysterious world in a series of lessons that examine how the royal navy recruited men, the ratings and officers who served Britain, their lives aboard ship, and how battles were fought at sea. She also covers naval administration, women who went to sea, and maritime medicine. She enhances the workshop with a timeline and resource bibliography.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discuss their characters, what role they play at sea, and what type of ship they sail. At the end of the workshop, Cindy offers to provide a free edit of a chapter from participants’ manuscripts.

Past Workshop Participants’ Comments:

Your course presented what I as a writer wanted to know about the times—not just straight history. – Judith Hanes

Your course has been extraordinary to say the least. Thank you for the extensive information and feedback you’ve offered. – Kathleen Kirwood, His Fair Lady (Signet)

Your ability to put a lot of information in a succinct and entertaining fashion is truly amazing. – Elizabeth Bryant

This has been one of the most awesome and informative courses I’ve ever taken. I feel like I could be a pirate. – Judy Soifer

A retired librarian, Cindy Vallar is a historical novelist and member of the Historical Novel Society. She reviews historical novels and twice a year pens “The Red Pencil” editing column for their Historical Novels Reviews. She is also a freelance editor and the Editor of Pirates and Privateers, a monthly column on the history of maritime piracy. Her articles on maritime piracy have also been published in a variety of online and print publications. She belongs to the Laffite Society, the Louisiana Historical Society, the National Maritime Historical Society, and the Red River Branch of the Clan Cameron Association of North America. Her stories include The Scottish Thistle, “Odin’s Stone,” and “Rumble the Dragon,” which appears in the short story anthology, A Tall Ship, a Star, and Plunder. She invites you to visit her award-winning web site, Thistles & Pirates (, to learn more.


Upcoming Class in November:

Pantomime with Judith Laik

Upcoming Classes in 2016:

Love and Marriage with Nancy Mayer
Childhood with Jackie Horne
Interiors of Homes with Cheryl Bolen
Dancing with Cara King
Mind of the Regency Gentleman with Bill Haggart


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.

Would you like to be a Beau Monde Academe instructor?

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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