02 February 2014

Georgette Heyer's Regency World

Summary from Goodreads:
Immerse yourself in the resplendent glow of Regency England and the world of Georgette Heyer…

From the fascinating slang, the elegant fashions, the precise ways the bon ton ate, drank, danced, and flirted, to the shocking real life scandals of the day, Georgette Heyer’s Regency World takes you behind the scenes of Heyer’s captivating novels.

As much fun to read as Heyer’s own novels, beautifully illustrated, and meticulously researched, Jennifer Kloester’s essential guide brings the world of the Regency to life for Heyer fans and Jane Austen fans alike.

Georgette Heyer's Regency World is a very good overview of cultural norms, home life, habits, clothing, and etc. of the Regency period used in the novels of Georgette Heyer.  It can also explain some things in Austen's novels because she assumes her readers already know her own customs so doesn't over describe. It's very readable. However, many "examples" tend to use characters from Heyer novels (such as the Taverners and Lord Worth from the book Regency Buck) to explain everyday situations. Just be careful that the real people and the novel characters don't mix up in your head (it happened once or twice with me - I was a bit at lost because I've only read a few of Heyer's Regency novels as opposed to her Georgian novels which don't make an appearance here).

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