Catherine Curzon

I am your gracious hostess, Catherine Curzon, historian, author and lover of all things long 18th. Should you wish to discuss a press enquiry, speaking engagement or similar, send me a missive.


I have written extensively for websites and publications including BBC History Extra and History Answers and in magazines including All About HistoryExplore History, History of Royals, Real Crime, Who Do You Think You Are?, Your Family History, and Jane Austen's Regency World

I've spoken at venues and events including the Stamford Georgian Festival, the Bath Jane Austen Festival, Lichfield Guildhall, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, Dr Johnson’s House, Kenwood House, the Hurlingham Club, Godmersham Park, and the Royal Pavilion, Brighton. I've provided additional research for An Evening with Jane Austen, starring Adrian Lukis and Caroline Langrishe, and I've been lucky enough to introduce the performance at venues across the UK.



Besides my love of all things Georgian, I'm passionate about theatre and the mighty Huddersfield Town. I hold a Master’s degree in Film and live in Yorkshire atop a ludicrously steep hill with a rakish colonial gentleman, a long-suffering cat and a lively dog.

Upcoming Events 
You can hear me speak or get a book signed at these forthcoming events. 

Mr Wickham and Mrs Clarke: The Mission Theatre, Bath, 17th September 2018, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm

This talk will delve into the militia in Jane Austen’s era and lift the lid on the scandal of Mary Anne Clarke, the mistress of the Duke of York and a woman who sold commissions at mate’s rates to her favourite gentlemen. Mary Anne ruined a reputation  and left the royal family reeling. It’s a story that any budding Mr Wickhams would do well to learn from. Book tickets here.

In Conversation with Adrian Lukis: The Mission Theatre, Bath, 21st September, 12.30pm-1.30pm

Join Adrian Lukis, perhaps better known as Pride and Prejudice's dashing Mr Wickham, in conversation with author, Catherine Curzon. Familiar to viewers from Pemberley to Downton and beyond, Adrian will recall his experience filming the iconic BBC adaptation, as well his long and varied career on stage and screen. Book tickets here.

Past Events

Royal Divorce, Georgian Style, Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, 11th July 2018
This lively talk delves into the sometimes shocking, always scandalous, private life of ‘the first gentleman of England’. Meet spurned wives, strapping soldiers and a royal who really should know better!  

Peter the Wild Boy, Sunderland Georgian Festival, Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, 11th July 2018
In 1725, hunters led by King George I captured a feral child in the forests of Germany and took him home as a pet. Nicknamed ‘Peter the wild boy’ the little boy became a novelty at court and was brought to England to entertain and amuse the royals. Living in palaces, adored by princesses and heralded as a celebrity, Peter was a curiosity to thrill seekers and scholars alike. Yet when the glamour faded, what became of Peter the wild boy and, more to the point, where did he come from?  

Newstead Byron Society, 10th June 2018
Private event.

The Many Lovers of the King of Bling, Almondbury, 25th May 2018
This lively talk delves into the sometimes shocking, always scandalous, private life of ‘the first gentleman of England’. Meet spurned wives, strapping soldiers and a royal who really should know better! 

Museums at Night, Kenwood House, 18th May 2018
Join us at Kenwood after hours as part of the nationwide 'Museums at Night' event series. Explore the resplendent rooms after dark and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life. 

Jane Austen and the King of Bling, Jane Austen Society of the Midlands, Stafford, 17th March 2018,
This lively talk delves into the sometimes shocking, always scandalous, private life of ‘the first gentleman of England’. It suggests why Austen boldly declared she ‘hated’ this monarch even after she was his honoured guest at London’s most prestigious address. The other side to this saucy Sovereign was a man who championed Jane Austen and her works which secured the Regent his very own dedication from the author he adored.

An Evening with Jane Austen, Wellington College, 11th March 2018
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton. 

Peter the Wild Boy, Oadby Library, 15th February 2018
In 1725, hunters led by King George I captured a feral child in the forests of Germany and took him home as a pet. Nicknamed ‘Peter the wild boy’ the little boy became a novelty at court and was brought to England to entertain and amuse the royals. Living in palaces, adored by princesses and heralded as a celebrity, Peter was a curiosity to thrill seekers and scholars alike. Yet when the glamour faded, what became of Peter the wild boy and, more to the point, where did he come from?

Friends of Almondbury Library Christmas Party, 6th December 2017
Mulled wine, mince pies, music and readings - all for a very good cause!

Northern Writers Reading, 4th December 2017
A historian of the long-18th century, Almondbury writer Catherine Curzon will read from selections of her historical fiction and non-fiction, including 18th century thrillers, some true royal scandal, and a World War One Trench Romance.

An Evening with Jane Austen, The Hurlingham Club, 26th November 2017 
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton. This is a members-only event.

An Evening with Jane Austen, Godmersham Park, 29th October 2017
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton.

An Evening with Jane Austen, Kenwood House, 1st October 2017
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton.

An Evening with Jane Austen, 24th September 2017, Stamford Georgian Festival
Join us for a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters introduced by Catherine Curzon and performed by actors Caroline Langrishe, star of such BBC favourites as Lovejoy and Judge John Deed and Adrian Lukis, a familiar face from the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and ITV’s Downton.

The Curious Story of Peter the Wild Boy, 24th September 2017, Stamford Georgian Festival
In 1725, hunters led by King George I captured a feral child in the forests of Germany and took him home as a pet. Nicknamed ‘Peter the wild boy’ the little boy became a novelty at court and was brought to England to entertain and amuse the royals. Living in palaces, adored by princesses and heralded as a celebrity, Peter was a curiosity to thrill seekers and scholars alike. Yet when the glamour faded, what became of Peter the wild boy and, more to the point, where did he come from?

The Mad King and the Coronation Chair, 23rd September 2017, Stamford Georgian Festival
The madness of George III is legendary. Restrained, gagged, blistered and plied with leeches, the king suffered humiliating and brutal treatment at the hands of those who were charged with his care. In a country wracked by upheaval both at home and abroad, the monarch’s madness left Britain in turmoil whilst, imprisoned at Kew, he ranted and foamed at the mouth.

An Evening with Jane Austen, 10th September 2017, Jane Austen Festival, Bath
A magical evening with Jane Austen’s most memorable characters, from the comic absurdity of the Dashwoods to the heartfelt passion of Wentworth and Anne, not to mention the charming duplicity of the notorious Mr Wickham! With Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis, alongside period musical entertainment from  Rosie Lomas and Camilla Pay. The evening will be introduced by historian and author, Catherine Curzon.

Jane Austen and the King of Bling, 11th September 2017, Jane Austen Festival, Bath
This lively talk delves into the sometimes shocking, always scandalous, private life of ‘the first gentleman of England’. It suggests why Austen boldly declared she ‘hated’ this monarch even after she was his honoured guest at London’s most prestigious address. The other side to this saucy Sovereign was a man who championed Jane Austen and her works which secured the Regent his very own dedication from the author he adored.

The Scandalous George IV, 7th July 2017, Cannon Hall, West Yorkshire
Join me for an evening of tales delving into the scandalous life of George IV. It has everything with its illegitimate children, scheming mistresses and even a strapping Italian solider. Lots of scandal and “three people in this marriage” as another Princess of Wales once said…

Mania and Melancholy - mental health in the eighteenth century, 19th April 2017, Dr Johnson's House, London
Join author Catherine Curzon to explore attitudes to mental health in the eighteenth century through her discussion of the philosophies that started to develop, Dr Johnson’s own struggles, including his self-diagnosed ‘hypochondria’, and the infamous ‘madness of King George III.’

A Celebration of Jane Austen with Adrian Lukis, 5th March 2017, Huddersfield 
Join ‘Mr Wickham’ and the Regency Rejigged dancers for a celebration of all things Austen, marking the bicentenary of the author’s death.

Emma Hamilton: Seduction Late with the Georgian Dining Academy, 14th February 2017, National Maritime Museum, London 
Be inspired by heartfelt love letters from Lord Nelson to Emma, learn a traditional courting dance, or make a fabulous mask to beguile a stranger. Catherine Curzon will share scandalous tales of the 18th century's finest courtesans in her salon!

Dr Johnson's Birthday Supper with the Georgian Dining Academy, 22nd September 2016, Dr Johnson's House, London 
A delicious 18th Century inspired 3 course meal served in the historic rooms where Johnson wrote the legendary dictionary. Catherine Curzon will regale diners with tales of Johnson's 18th Century London.

Sam & George: When Dr Johnson met George III, 18th September 2016, Lichfield Guildhall, Lichfield
In the city of Dr Johnson's birth, Catherine Curzon will transport audiences back in time to 1767, when the creator of the dictionary met the King of Great Britain amid the bookshelves of the royal library. 

An Evening with Jane Austen, 4th September 2016, The Royal Pavilion, Brighton 

Spend a magical evening in the company of Jane Austen’s most memorable characters in the magnificent surroundings of the Royal Pavilion’s Music Room. Caroline Langrishe and Adrian Lukis will be joined by Catherine Curzon, who will introduce the performance and sign copies of her book during the interval and at the post-performance reception.

21 comments:

  1. I have just stumbled across your fascinating Gilflurt's Guide after you followed me on Twitter. I will enjoy going back and reading your posts.



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  2. Via your splash I have discovered B .Nebot and now must do some research . Thanks !
    I rather like the cheeky dog to the right.

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  3. Have to say that you have become crucial reading for me. Excellent site! Love it.
    Kind regards
    Mark

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    1. Thank you, Mark, that's *very* nice to hear! *flutters a happy fan*

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  4. I just discovered your excellent site. Thank you for all your wonderful posts.

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    1. Than you for visiting, I'm glad you enjoy the site!

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  5. What a brilliant site. Enertainment and fascinating as well as factual. Thank you so much.

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  6. Dear MG Your site is truly exciting. Kind of like the first time my mother took my into the main library in Shreveport, Louisiana. Who'da thought there were that many bnooks in the whole world. Can anyone imagine a worls without books? Msadam Gilflurt, I give yoou the honorary title of Queen, strike that, Goddess of literature"

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    1. Thank you so very much, you will have me all of a flutter.

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  7. Hello Catherine. Don't know how I've managed not to trip over your wonderful site before. As you know, I've been writing (yet another) Waterloo novel in time for next year and WISH I'd found you earlier. In all the time I was researching, I never found anything quite so atmospheric as this. Congrats!!!

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    1. Good evening to you. Thank you for your very kind words, another Waterloo novel is always welcome here in the salon, it is an absolute pleasure to read your kind words!

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  8. Hello Madame. I just thought I should pay you a visit and say thank you for the wonderful articles that you have shared with us on your Facebook Page. I have shared several of them with my own readers on the 18th Century History Website's Facebook and Google + pages. Please continue the good work.

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    1. It is my absolute pleasure, and thank you for your links and articles too!

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  9. I have stumbled across your wonderful site and I am charmed beyond words by it. It has now joined my list of must reads, feeding my obsession for all things Georgian. Thank you for the interesting and amusing insights into that most thrilling of times.

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    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased that you enjoy the site; the more people obsessed by all things Georgian, the better!

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  10. Most Esteemed Catherine
    Have received copy of your book, Kings of Georgian Britian. Thank you.
    George II is one of my heroes, Dettingen 1743.
    BTW did Jacqueline Reiter tell you that she served as a gunner in my crew
    while her father was assigned to the British embassy in Wash DC?

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    1. I'm so glad it has arrived; I do hope you enjoy dipping into the world of the four Georges. Lovely to meet a George II fan too, he seems a rather neglected king to me!

      A gunner, eh? She hasn't mentioned that!

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  11. Thank you for inviting me to subscribe to your lovely site.

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