Profs & Pints DC: The History Behind Bridgerton-Door tickets remain available

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Tuesday, June 25 2024 6:00 PM 8:30 PM EDT

(Advance ticket sales have ended but plenty of additional tickets remain available at the door.}

Profs and Pints DC presents: “The History Behind Bridgerton,” a look at British life at the time depicted in the hit Netflix series, with Amy Froide, professor of history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and scholar of British and women's history.

The Netflix series Bridgerton was a breakout sensation when it debuted in December 2020 and its popularity shows no sign of waning. While the show makes no claims of historical accuracy in its depiction of Britain during the Regency period, it's only natural that viewers might wonder what things were like then and how closely what they’re seeing reflects reality.

Profs and Pints has good news: While Lady Whistledown is not available to advise us, Professor Amy Froide, an expert on British and women’s history, certainly is. Come join her for an exquisite evening in which you’ll learn a ton.

Dr. Froide will give us a crash course on the Regency Period, discussing the dynamics of Britain’s monarchy at a time when King George III suffered mental illness and his son was declared Prince Regent to oversee the nation’s affairs. Among the key figures you’ll learn about in depth is Queen Charlotte, a fascinating figure who bore little resemblance to the socialite depicted on the show, actually being quiet and bookish and prone to retreat to her palace at Kew.

You’ll also learn how the show accurately depicts fashion during that time, including eighteenth century court dress, flimsy muslin garments popularized by the French and made from cotton imported from India.

Professor Froide also will talk about the show’s racial dynamics, and how in the Regency period peoples from other places in the empire, including India, began to be allowed into high society. 

For Season 3 viewers, she’ll give us some insight into Regency norms of beauty and body size and discuss why we cannot apply our modern obsessions with thinness to the past. (Advance tickets: $13.50 plus sales tax and processing fees. Doors: $17, or $15 with a student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later.)

Image: From “Highest Life in London,” by George and Robert Cruikshank. New York Public Library / Creative Commons.