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Not up to Georgette Heyer's own standards of research
on 24 February 2014
Disappointing as the author seems to have used Heyer's novels as though they are themselves historical sources, instead of going back to original archives, periodicals, and of course Jane Austen's novels as Georgette Heyer herself did.
There are plenty of contemporary illustrations available, for instance in Ackermann's Repository, which could have given accurate and diverse pictures of life in Regency England; instead, this book is illustrated with poor-quality line-drawings with no reference to source material so that the reader cannot know whether they are copied, traced or just imagined.
This isn't a work of scholarship. It might be useful as a collation of information derived from other reference books, but most of this would be available on the internet. I donated my copy to the church fete.