Whenever I hear of an uproar over some usually minor inaccuracy in a historical romance novel I think one thing: Spies. While the Regency police are in up in arms about improper title usage, legal wrangling, rules of succession, the date when the shower or pen or other object was invented, or the exact dress fashions of 1816, I think: Spies.
We just don’t duel like we used to, sigh, as Barbara Holland’s book Gentlemans’ Blood: A History of Dueling shows.
If you have read a Regency Romance, you have undoubtedly encountered White’s, the gentleman’s club on St. James’s Street in London. It’s where all our heroes and their friends went to discuss horses and women, make outrageous bets, and generally avoid the company of the fairer sex. Here’s a peek inside…
I wrote the first two writing girl books while I was in graduate school, studying early 19th century British literature. One class in particular was absolutely invaluable to my research: The Economy of Print Media. Basically, we studied the cheap, “trashy”, real stuff that people were actually reading: periodicals, railway novels, and, of course, newspapers.
This little scene between Miss Harlow and Mr. Knightly didn’t make it into the final version of A Groom Of One’s Own, but I’m quite fond of it, so here is a little exclusive bonus material for y’all. Oh and PS: there aren’t any spoilers here. Enjoy!
One week after our heroine has been jilted at the altar….
My favorite Regency research books.
In which the hero and heroine have a romantic interlude on the terrace.