- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd (6 Oct. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0434013293
- ISBN-13: 978-0434013296
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.5 x 24.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Georgette Heyer's Regency World Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005
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A bestselling novelist since 1921, Georgette Heyer is known across the world for her historical romances set in Regency England. Millions of readers love the period for its fashion, famous people and events, and its elegant and often outrageous mayfly upper-class. It was Georgette Heyer who created the Regency genre of historical fiction in the 1930s and 40s with books such as "Regency Buck and Friday's Child". Since then, in many minds, Georgette Heyer and the Regency have become synonymous. The ultimate, definitive guide to Georgette Heyer's world: her heroines, her villains and dashing heroes, the shops, clubs and towns they frequented, the parties and seasons they celebrated, how they ate, drank, dressed, socialized, shopped and drove. This is an utterly delightful and fun read, beautifully illustrated and a must-read for any Heyer fan.
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It should be prescribed reading for anyone attempting a Regency novel, then maybe we would be spared some of the howlers that occur, particularly in some American books!
Most of the information is referenced to one or more of Heyer's Regency novels. The only down side as far as I am concerned is that it only covers the Regency novels and some of my particular favourites were set in the eighteenth century, but as a companion to the Regency novels alone this is excellent.
The book contains a historical timeline of events from the start of the Georgian era to the end of the Regency - which is useful. There are also brief plot summaries of the 26 Regency novels. I found the book revived happy memories of reading Georgette Heyer's novels and I have gone back to re-reading them all with pleasure. It is written in an accessible style and is very enjoyable to read - I recommend it.
It covers essential material about social life and manners of the upper set during the Regency period, but has very little to say about the lower orders. To be fair, Jennifer Kloester does point this out at the beginning of the book.
Where clothing, pastimes and shopping are concerned it is an absolute goldmine and it is full of information about gender roles and expectations, though this can become a little tedious to read. After all, if you read Heyer much of this information can be gleaned from her stories without being made explicit.
The appendices are especially fun if you want to start reusing some prime Regency phraseology or learn who the key figures in society and literature were.
The allusions to Heyer's novels are really only useful if you have read them all and know them in detail and so might be tedious for the general reader (but then maybe you wouldn't buy this book if you were a general reader). It is still worth having a look at for interest's sake, though maybe not for in depth historical research.
and I can assure anyone reading this that there is a whole section about him. The book is a nice accompaniment, for delving into whilst reading Georgette Heyer, or even after.
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