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Mad and Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency

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Discover a feminist pop history that looks beyond the Ton and Jane Austen to highlight the Regency women who succeeded on their own terms and were largely lost to history -- until now.

Regency England is a world immortalized by Jane Austen and Lord Byron in their beloved novels and poems. The popular image of the Regency continues to be mythologized by the hundreds of
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Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: June 9th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
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Linden
The real heroines of the Regency arent empty-headed heiresses or scheming mamastheyre intelligent, talented artists, thinkers, scientists, and so much more says the author of this new book about women of the Regency period in England. (Jane Austen wrote during this time, and the historical novels of Georgette Heyer are set during this period.) One of the more interesting topics covered are women of color during the Regency period. Recommended reading lists are presented at the end of each ...more
The Library Lady
The author of this runs a romance novels only bookstore and is well connected in the book trade, and I assume that as the explanation of how such a mediocre book got into print.

It is being described as "feminist" and "pop history," and neither genre deserves to get stuck claiming this book as an example of that sort of work.

What you have here is a series of decently researched high school term papers on women in Regency England. You get mini bio after mini bio, reciting the facts of that
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Carly
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-received
A solid primer for anyone looking to know more about the Regency and the women who existed in all manner of society circles throughout that time period! I'm not very well-versed in it, personally, so it proved to be a very educational and entertaining read that didn't necessarily go too in-depth on its subjects. A lot of figures I either wasn't familiar with or had never heard of at all, so I appreciated the accessibility of the writing and the clear passion the author has for her subject (as ...more
Jenny
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
If Regency bodice-rippers are your gateway drug to womens history, let this be a beginners guide to the topic. Koch introduces a number of Regency era women to the uninitiated. If youre expecting something deep and absorbing and you have more than a passing familiarity with the history of the era, this book is not for you. If, youre new to the subject and want a guidebook to learning kore, Koch more than gets the job done. Heres hoping more novices take this book and run with it!

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Simone
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
I'm pretty sure that this author got this book deal because she owns a bookstore. That's the only possible reason why anyone would publish this unsophisticated book about a time that is so well-documented and richly nuanced.

The Regency is such an important time in history, especially for women's issues -- it's a time that really marks the movement from womanhood as domestic to women in the world. We see the rise of scientists, mathematicians, political movers and shakers and many others, and
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Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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