Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester is by far one of the best regency resource books I’ve read upto date. Pelisses, bonnets, hairstyles and so much more, Georgette Heyer’s Regency World was a delightful read as well as an incredibly informational haven . There are two whole pages on rules and etiquette to portray the guidelines that men and women used to comport themselves accordingly. Some of these sounded completely absurd…but having read a few Heyers, I could totally picture this.
For instance: ‘A lady could ride a horse and even hunt as long as she was correctly attired and rode side-saddle’. And the line immediately after that says: ‘Galloping in Hyde Park was prohibited.’
And although I don’t get this (I truly wonder how they possibly managed this), can you believe that: ‘ At a formal dinner one did not talk across the dinner table but confined conversation to those on one’s left and right’.!!
The last chapter was my favourite. I just loved the “who’s who in the Regency’ section with details on George III right upto Edward Hughes. The details and reference are precious. The appendixes with detailed glossary, newspapers and magazines of the times, a list of Heyer books and a timeline- are all wonderfully practical and entertaining. I feel so much more Heyer- Regency- learned now!
I strongly recommend this most informative easy read that’s entertaining as well as historical, and will no doubt bring great pleasure to all Regency lovers. Loved it!
Thank you Sourcebooks for this wonderful read:)