Georgette Heyer's Regency World, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


A bestselling novelist since 1921, Georgette Heyer is known across the world for her historical romances set in Regency England.

Millions of readers love the outrageous lifestyle, fashion and capricious escapades of the elegant bon ton, and no one has captured that world better than Georgette Heyer, with universally beloved novels such as Regency Buck, The Grand Sophy and Friday's Child.

Georgette Heyer's Regency World is the ultimate, definitive guide to Georgette Heyer's wonderful and enchanting realm: her heroines, her villains and dashing heroes, the shops, clubs and towns they frequented, the parties and seasons they celebrated, how they ate, drank, dressed, socialized, shopped and drove.

An utterly delightful and fun read, beautifully illustrated and compelling in its historical detail, this is a must-have for any Georgette Heyer fan.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages, 100 Illustrations, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
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  • Category: Literary studies: from c 1900 -
  • ISBN: 9780099478720

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I love the Victorian era, and got this to see 'what came before'. I didn't want a full academic work and this guide is good in that it gives just 'enough' detail. Where it falls down is in the references to Ms Heyer's characters throughout the text, as examples. As someone who has not read her fiction, it was irritating having them there, when they could have been foot/end notes, and the book would have had a wider, more general appeal.

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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 based in this era. But it was nice to have my suspicions or guesses confirmed. At other times it was interesting to know certain other little facts, for instance, the difference between a tiger and a groom, the description and purpose of a 'yard of tin', the intricate details of the clothes Regency men and women wore and the like. I would not recommend this book as an authority on all classes prevalent in England at the time. As the author declares, this book is just meant to make clear to us what would be quite incomprehensible in our time. Therefore, much of what is dealt with in here has to do with the upper-classes or the ton of England's society in the early 1800s. In other words, this is a pretty good guide to aristocratic Regency England.

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Very list-y, with some infelicities arising from this (for instance, repetition of phrases within mere paragraphs). It does include some interesting factoids but overall most of it is stuff that you can gather from the context in which they are used in Heyer's world. Worth a read through but not a must-have.