I love Regency Romances

I have a secret passion that I’ve only told a few people about. I love to read Regency Romances. Did you just say, “Huh??” with a puzzled look on your face? Yep, this serious-minded woman loves a good escapist novel. Don’t know what a Regency Romance is? Think Jane Austen, the best-known author in the genre. If you have read her books or seen the movies based on them: Sense and Sensibilities, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan, you have experienced the Regency era. So, what was the Regency Era? King George III was the British king that colonial Americans fought in the American Revolution. He’s the king that raised the taxes on tea imported from Great Britain so high, that the people of Boston threw the shipment into Boston Harbor creating the first “Tea Party.” He was king (although not ruling) when Napoleon was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. He was… Read more

An introduction to Regency fiction

The Regency era is set in Great Britain from 1810 to 1820. Prior to the Regency era, Britain was ruled by King George III, who reigned from 1760 until 1820. King George III is the monarch the American colonies fought against in the Revolutionary War. Later in his life, he suffered from mental illness and eventually he could no longer rule. Monarchs rule until they die, despite their ability to govern. So, in 1810, a regency was established and King George’s eldest son, George, Prince of Wales, became Prince Regent. He ruled Great Britain as Prince Regent until his father’s death in 1820 when he became King George IV. Great Britain was fighting the Napoleonic War during this period. Regency-era authors wrote about the personal, social and political customs, manners and expectations of that time. Most Regency novels focus on a heroine, often impoverished, who falls in love with a man of nobility, for example, a Duke, Earl, Baron, etc. Many of them are formulaic,… Read more