Georgette Heyer's Regency World
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Georgette Heyer's Regency World

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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  1,472 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Georgette Heyer fans will delight in Jennifer Kloester's definitive guide to her Regency world: the people, the shops, clubs and towns they frequented, the parties and seasons they celebrated, how they ate, drank, dressed, socialized, voted, shopped and drove. A fun read for any Heyer fan.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by William Heinemann
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Melissa Proffitt
This is closer to 3.5 stars. As a companion to Heyer's novels, it's invaluable. Kloester makes frequent references to characters and events from the books when she's discussing aspects of Regency society, and I think the only way it could be more useful in that respect is if there were some sort of index so you could look up facts in reverse (though this would be a truly major endeavor and probably better suited to a database). She's also got an extensive list of recommendations for further read...more
Hannah
Read in one sitting at my local Borders today :D

Interesting compendium of everything regency, especially as it relates to Georgette Heyer's novels. A good reference companion book, but probably best for people who don't know all the in's and out's of this fascinating time period.

Glad to say I knew most of this stuff already (yes, I'm bragging....)

Amy
Jennifer Kloester has authored a MUST READ reference book for any avid Georgette Heyer or Regency period fans.

In Georgette Heyer’s Regency World Kloester covers a wide-range of information pertaining to the Regency period; from deciphering the convoluted social class order of the day (wowza!), to what they wore, where and what they ate, where they shopped, the daily life of regency men and women, and my favorite, the hottest entertainment destinations to see and be seen! Also included is a who’...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
While engrossed in the pages of a delightful Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer novel have you ever come across something you didn't quite understand? Like what is the difference between a barouche and a phaeton? Have you ever thought about places mentioned in these novels like Almacks, Hyde Park, Carlton House,Vauxhall Garden and wondered if their renderings were true? Or are you fascinated by the Regency Era and interested in learning all you can about it? If you are anything like me, you would pr...more
Laurel
During her prolific fifty-three year writing career, British author Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) wrote fifty-six historical romance and detective fiction novels. She was a pioneer in Regency romance, and is generally attributed by many for establishing the sub genre that is flourishing today. Stylish, witty and historically accurate, her humorous plots and memorable characters serve as the benchmark for new Regency romance writers.

In her lifetime Heyer publisher twenty-six Regency-era novels, man...more
Kelly
A few weeks ago, as I was browsing the Romance shelves at one of my local Barnes & Noble stores, I spied a few copies of Georgette Heyer's Regency World, which I immediately scooped up. I could have used it for some of my Jane Austen-related research, since it includes quite a lot of useful information about the customs, manners, fashions, and practices of the time period.

If you are a fan of (a) Georgette Heyer's books; (b) Jane Austen's novels; (c) Regency romances; (d) the Regency era for...more
Lady Wesley
If you enjoy Regency-era romances, you will learn many interesting details from this book. Although I love fiction, it's nice to know about some of facts of that era.
Sabrina Jeffries
Lots of great information about the Regency period.
Kathleen Kelly
Georgette Heyer's Regency World is an interesting nonfiction book of the do's and don't of life in the Regency period of England, the time of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer's world that is so popular today . This is actually a guide that is helpful to the reader of Georgette Heyer's novels if the reader wants to know more about that period in time. Upon reading this book you will learn what was worn, the food eaten, most important how to behave, what class you belong to and even to what kind of...more
Jennifer
From My Blog...[return][return]Whether or not one has read a Georgette Heyer novel (if not, what are you waiting for?), Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester gives the reader an in depth look into life in a time period written about by many novelists, including Georgette Heyer. Historically, the Regency era was only nine years, however the common held belief is the Regency period extends from 1780 until 1830. I have heard many readers say they do not care for this time period beca...more
Risa
May 19, 2011 Risa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Heyer fans, people who like reading social history
It's been quite a few weeks, running into months, since I picked up Jennifer Kloester's well-researched book on the world of Georgette Heyer's Regency romances. It's a purely factual book that details places, customs, culture, dress code, the shopping and travelling experiences, hobbies available to men and women, upper-society's social etiquette, tourist spots and prominent people of the day.

Most of what I read I was very much aware of through reading lots of books and watching lots of movies...more
Staci
Aug 24, 2010 Staci rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Regency romance fans, Austen, Bronte readers
Recommended to Staci by: Sourcebooks
Shelves: 2010-reads
I wanted to read this one because I've read a few of Heyer's Regency romance novels and thought it would be fun to try to understand the customs, rules, clothes, food, and the monarchy from that time period. This book does not disappoint at all. There are so many aspects from the Regency era that it can be a little mind-boggling at the beginning. I recommend that you read this book in chunks, because there is so much information that your head may explode....SERIOUSLY! I can tell you one thing....more
Christy B
Georgette Heyer's Regency World contains a wealth of information about the Regency era. It can be used for more than just Heyer's Regencies, but any Regencies.

I read it once through, but this is the type of book that can be used for reference. It's separated into countless different sections, so it's easy to look up something real quick that you come across in whatever Regency you are reading. Sections having to do with fashion, leisure, sports, travel, food shopping, etc. Not to mention a brief...more
Hannah Fullmer
Yesterday I wrote an absolutely brilliant review of this novel. A mind-blowing, Pulitzer-prize worthy, emotionally moving and poetic once-in a-lifetime review.
And then I tried to insert a link and deleted the whole thing.
24 hours later, with my literary masterpiece floating somewhere in cyberspace, I have dragged myself out of a deep depression, and will try to write again about Georgette Heyer's Regency World.
This time, my goal is simply to write A Review that I do not delete. So please, lowe...more
Martin Conisby
Fantastic resource for fans of the Regency genre! Jennifer Kloester knows her field and writes with clarity and elegance. I consider this book a must-read companion to Heyer's output and an essential reference guide for anybody who aspires to write in this period.
Danine
Reverse-engineered research documents Regency social life primarily through examples from Georgette Heyer's novels. Since Heyer was an impeccable researcher, and the author has read other sources as well, this still results in a pleasing romp through the upper-class world of Heyer's novels.

If you are just getting into the Regency era, this is a fine and easy guidebook that will help with some of the references. Since Heyer, like Jane Austen, is writing social comedy more than romance, it is hel...more
Kilian Metcalf
For Heyer lovers like me, this book is the equivalent of a 2-lb box of See's dark chocolate raspberry creams. Delightful references to beloved books on every page, historical timelines, suggested reading.
Linda Baker
Excellent compendium "all things Regency" knowledge. Wish I had read it before reading The Toll-Gate though as the section on "cant" would have been most useful!
Qnpoohbear

This is a handy reference book for fans of Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and the Regency era. Each chapter covers an aspect of Regency society: clothing, transportation, etiquette, health care and more. She uses examples from Heyer's novels and appendices provide a list of slang words, biographies of Regency people and a timeline. The book is illustrated with small line drawings done from 19th century illustrations. The book could have benefited from full-color or at least larger illustrations. T...more
D.w.
A fan and student of the Regency, preferring Georgette Heyer's view of the Regency to sometimes the truth of history, this book is a refreshing compendium. Useful and giving a good cross reference of what the world was like in the context of the Heyer canon.

Ms. Kloester though sometimes needed to step out of the rendition of the Heyer world and place history in context. Heyer, and in the period Austen, would know that the Regency Era was before the actual Regency and continued after Prinny becam...more
Laura
The first time I read a Georgette Heyer novel I was struck by two things; someone other than Jane Austen is queen of the Regency period, and what do those funny expressions or “Regency speak” in her novels mean?! Well, Georgette Heyer’s official biographer, Jennifer Kloester has written a guide to the Regency period that any Heyer or Austen fan is sure to enjoy.

The information is this book is extensive and well organized with everything you could possibly want to know about that time: its slang,...more
Jennifer
From My Blog (4.5 stars)

Whether or not one has read a Georgette Heyer novel (if not, what are you waiting for?), Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester gives the reader an in depth look into life in a time period written about by many novelists, including Georgette Heyer. Historically, the Regency era was only nine years, however the common held belief is the Regency period extends from 1780 until 1830. I have heard many readers say they do not care for this time period because the...more
Lucy
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...more
Karyl
Kloester has written a very useful book, describing all the details that went into the life of the bon ton in Regency England. I was fascinated by her descriptions of clothing, protocol, and dining for England's very richest. It's amazing to think of how rich these people really were, long before there was an income tax, which tends to cap how rich a person can be nowadays, and how many of them refused to pay the bills owed to tradesmen. There are those that believe that modern people are far mo...more
Natalie
One of the things that makes Georgette Heyer's regency book so enjoyable to read are the little details about regency life she includes. There are a lot of the hard facts of life back then that she ignores (quite reasonably as she wrote comedic romances. . .), but she got a lot of the small details of upper class life correct. This book takes a look at that upper class regency society, and gives the historical facts that Heyer so often included. If you are looking for a comprehensive history of...more
Batgrl (No, GR I Don't Trust You With My Paperwhite Data)
This is the history of the Regency period as seen through Heyer's books, but the nice thing is that you needn't have read all (or any) of her novels to grasp what's going on in the references. I've only read one Heyer book but that wasn't a problem.

An example:
40% in: "...In The Foundling, it was to Sydney Gardens that the Duke of Sale sent his young friend, Tom Mamble, to while away several hours enjoying all the famous attractions such as Merlin's Grotto, the Hermit's Cot, the 'Ruined Castle,'
...more
Jennifer
This book is exactly what the blurb above says it is. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Regency period is described in this book. What they ate, the major social players, different types of carriages, places of interest, how they dressed, everything is in this book. Each chapter covers a specific topic, and beautiful pictures or sketches accompany some of the descriptions. One of my favorite sections was the skinny on the infamous Almack's. There were 7 women or patronesses who were r...more
Heather
This book works better as a reference book for looking up specific questions, rather than as something you read straight through. I read it straight through and thought it was repetitive, but if I had used it the way I think it's meant to be used, it would have been fine.

Minor quibbles: the style, which never varied. "[Several sentences with information about Regency life]. In [title of Georgette Heyer novel] [character's name] did [something relevant to that information about Regency life]." Re...more
Anna
Being a fairly new reader of Historical Romance I had no clue who Georgette Heyer was until last year (feel free to laugh ;)). But it's true she was a new author to me when I was offered to review The Grand Sophy, which I automatically fell in love with. During the span of her career Ms. Heyer wrote 26 books that were set during the Regency period, her books are popular through out the world. If you didn't know the Regency period lasted from 1811-1820. Such a short period of time, but a very muc...more
Rosanne Lortz
When reading Georgette Heyer’s books, you can sometimes find the story so enjoyable and full of levity that it seems like you’re reading “fluff”, not serious historical fiction. But Heyer was a meticulous researcher using actual places, persons, foods, furnishings, and turns-of-phrase from the Regency period. I didn’t realize just how detailed Heyer’s books are until I read Georgette Heyer’s Regency World: the definitive guide for all fans of Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, and the glittering Rege...more
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