Category: Historical Facts

Regency Research by Vivienne Westlake

Useful Resources for Writing About the Regency

DSC_8685This week, I have been doing research on the Regency period. Through the course of researching information about my hero and his profession, I also stumbled across various resources which contain excellent information for general knowledge of the period.

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Two of the best resources that I have found for quick information is:

  • Jane Austen’s World – This blog page has detailed lists on all kinds of subjects from food, fashion, marriage, places in london, animals/pets, money, cooking, and country houses. It is an excellent starting point when looking for general information.
  • Nancy Mayer, Regency Researcher – Nancy is a member of RWA’s Beau Monde Chapter and gives workshops for Beau Monde and Hearts Through History. She is very knowledgeable about the Regency period and has many short articles on her site about things like food, dance, medicine, the peerage, fashion, royalty, titles and names. She also has a section where she answers reader questions and you can look at some of the popular questions readers have posed in the past.

Other resources I found were:

  • Gaelen Foley’s Website – Author Gaelen Foley has a historical resources page which lists wonderful books on the Regency period and links to different articles. She also gives a brief overview of the period. It is pretty thorough.
  • The National Archives – This is a database of all kinds of public records from the UK. I specifically searched for wills in the early 1800s, but you can also find information on the transfer of property and legal cases. It draws information from various libraries and county records.
  • Google Books – There are many primary sources you can find through Google Books. Travel guides, books on etiquette, memoirs of military men or noblemen, also books on particular professions (such as the book I found on the history of solicitors). This is a good resource for original documents from the 19th century.
  • BBC – Covers history from 1714-1837, including the Napoleonic War, the American Revolution, Britain’s relationship to India, slavery and it’s abolition, and the forming of “Great Britain”.

The Impulsive Hearts Blog also does a Regency Primer Series. You can find articles on how to tie a cravat, household servants, currency, Chrismtas in the Regency, carriages, divorce & annulments and much more.

There are more resources online, particularly the blogs of historical romance authors, but these are a good starting point for finding information about the Regency period. Happy Researching!

Vivienne Westlake has been reading and writing romance since the age of fifteen. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and when she’s not plotting stories about sexy heroes and sassy heroines, she’s buying a book on British history, watching the latest teen vampire show, doing an art project or singing karaoke with friends. Vivienne is an active member of LARA, Romance Divas, and Indie Romance Ink.