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Georgette Heyer's Regency World

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,503 Ratings  ·  145 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 McShane
Mar 12, 2014 Melissa McShane rated it liked it
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
Amy Bruno
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’
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
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....)

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
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
Jan 27, 2016 Lori rated it really liked it
This book really takes the guess work out of the slang terms and social customs of the regency period. I plan to read more of Heyer's work, as well as other regency novels, so this book has given me a better understanding of all things regency. My only disappointment was the omission of the slang term "stoopid" which I encountered in Venetia. A term of endearment??? All in all, I felt like this book was an easy to read motorcycle ride through the time period and the illustrations will help me to ...more
Lady Wesley
May 31, 2013 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2012 Sabrina Jeffries rated it it was amazing
Lots of great information about the Regency period.
Apr 27, 2015 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing
I first read Georgette Heyer's novels over 30 years ago and I wish this book had been around then. It makes interesting reading for anyone interested in social history as well as fans of Heyer's novels. There are chapters on famous people of the era, newspapers and magazines, clothes, shops and books read as well as food eaten and social etiquette.

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
Kathleen Kelly
Aug 12, 2010 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
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
Jan 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 (a.k.a. Song)
May 19, 2011 Risa (a.k.a. Song) rated it liked it  ·  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
Aug 24, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sep 27, 2011 Jaylia3 rated it really liked it
You don't have to love Georgette Heyer to enjoy this thorough account of Regency England's people, places, pastimes, customs and costumes. History enthusiasts, Jane Austen devotees, admirers of the Romantic poets, period writers, and maybe even researchers will find a lot of information to enhance their interests. There’s a comprehensive timeline that stretches from 1738, when George III is born, to 1830, when George IV dies, in one of the appendixes that I know I will be coming back to again an ...more
Interesting, and provides all sorts of information I didn't expect to learn - for instance, Bonaparte and Wellington were born the same year; and Victoria was queen by the chance of being the first-born among the several hasty marriages of her father and his brothers, after the sudden death of Princess Charlotte. I didn't really understand that the British didn't get involved in war against Napoleon other than in Portugal and Spain, at least during most of that conflict.

Recommended, though the K
Veronica Barbara
Feb 29, 2016 Veronica Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love historical fiction and I find companion-books to be really interesting as they give you a further insight into the everyday details, making you appreciate the novel even more as you understand every nuance. 'Georgette Heyer's Regency World' was a really interesting read and I'm sure I will refer to it in the future... especially as I plan to visit Bath in the near future :D
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
Martin Conisby
Nov 14, 2013 Martin Conisby rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 21, 2014 Danine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: georgians
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
Kilian Metcalf
Dec 06, 2012 Kilian Metcalf rated it really liked it
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
Aug 20, 2012 Linda Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
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!
Aug 21, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok
I was hoping for more but at least 75% of the book was outright information that could be gleaned from reading Georgette Heyer books, another 15% by googling and, by my estimation, a generous 10% estimate for additional information. Plenty of references to characters in Heyer's books which might be cozy, but other real references would have given some context. I liked the maps.

I would like to say that you would find the book useful to read in advance of reading Heyer, but that would depend on pe
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
A really good reference book and actually not a bad read. The only nitpick I have is with the currency chart in the Money Talk section of Chapter 13 - Business and the Military: some of the values are off, which is weird because the values are in the name of the coinage. For instance, a sixpence is listed as being worth 4d (4 pence). Huh? A sixpence is six pennies, therefore it's worth six pence (6d). That's why it's called a six pence. The same with most of the lower half of the chart: the groa ...more
Feb 08, 2014 QNPoohBear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history

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
Jun 26, 2011 D.w. rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Sep 02, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Aug 09, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2012 Lucy rated it liked it
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
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I was born in Melbourne, Australia, but have lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and the Middle East and travelled to more than thirty countries. During my time abroad I studied as an off-campus student with Deakin University and achieved my BA (Hons) while raising my three children. After graduating with a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne, I had my first two books: 'Georgette Heye ...more
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