Did you know that the custom of assigning meaning to flowers flourished in the Victorian era, but its roots were earlier. Le Langage des Fleur, published in Paris in 1819 touched off interesting the symbolic meaning of flowers across Europe. The book by Mme Charlotte de La Tour was among the earliest, and certainly the basis of interest in the subject in England. While the language of flowers was less of a popular obsession in the Regency era than it would be later, I have no doubt some ladies knew of the book and found it charming to interpret the nosegays presented by gentlemen. The ladies in An Unlikely Duke do.
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it’s a pretty ancient French conceit, and is mentioned in the Roman de la Rose, a piece of illiterature perpetrated in the middle ages. The meanings of flowers were important to artists which is why the likes of Botticelli have their scenery strewn with unlikely combinations of flowers which would not have been in season together.
Good point. I knew it was common but how much awareness/agreement on meaning there was in the Regency London eluded me. I finally had the hero send Snapdragons. For Courage
Thank you for sharing the tidbits of history/research that you do when writing your stories. And I enjoy reading about the state parks as well. Love reading the next storylines and the characters are so well written.
I appreciate all of the hard work, thank you for all you do!
Words like yours keep me writing! Thank you very much.