#atozchallenge: X is for…Xanadu
In April, I’m posting 26 blogs, one for every letter of the alphabet. I write historical romance set in Regency England, and I’m offering a brief lexicon of words to help you understand the story world of my Regency characters. Follow the links for more in depth information.
After much investigating, I managed to come up with an “X” word from the Regency era!
X is for Xanadu:
Xanadu was the location of the summer home of the Mongol ruler, Kublai Khan, the subject of a famous Regency era poem.
On April 10, 1816, a momentous meeting of two regency poets took place. Samuel Taylor Coleridge and George Gordon, Lord Byron met at Lord Byron’s home in Piccadilly. Coleridge charmed Byron with a recitation of his poem, Kubla Khan, written years earlier.
Byron arranged a meeting between Coleridge and a publisher, and soon after Kubla Khan was published and made available to the public.
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
I can’t recall encountering a reference to Coleridge or his Xanadu in any Regency romance novels. Perhaps I need to include him in one of my stories!
Questions? Comments? Visit tomorrow for the letter W!
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