Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

Georgette Heyer's Regency WorldGeorgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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, lower your expectations accordingly. :p
All joking aside, this nonfiction book is great, something I would recommend to all fans of Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, or anyone who wants to know more about the time period in which their stories take place.
It was only recently that I realized that Jane Austen’s books are set in a much earlier time period than the work of Charles Dickens, the Brontes, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. Austen’s novels are firmly rooted in the brief but brilliant Regency period, which lasted from 1811 to 1820. The other authors mentioned all wrote during the Victorian era which followed, a time known for its repressive morals, constrictive clothing, and increasing industrialization.
As someone who often wishes that there were a real Austenland (minus the flamboyance of the film) that I could visit, I loved reading all about the Regency era in Jennifer Kloester’s book.
Georgette Heyer’s Regency World is set up in easy to digest chapters, with subjects such as class, fashion, food, and transportation. It also contains lovely black and white illustrations by Graeme Tavendale.
I enjoyed some chapters more than others; for example, I was less interested in those dealing with business and the military. But I can’t fault Kloester for including information which gave a more well-rounded picture of this time in history. My favorite chapters dealt with fashion, women’s lives, and “who’s who” in the Regency.
I wish Kloester had included more detail about fashion, religion, music, and how women spent their days. But all in all, this book was a wonderful place to start when learning about the Regency era.
Just as the title suggests, this author frequently mentions characters and storylines in Georgette Heyer’s novels, showing how they relate to the historical Regency.
As someone who is primarily interested in learning about the Regency era itself, I could have done without these examples. But anyone who is a fan of Georgette Heyer will undoubtedly enjoy how Kloester inserts these fictional references.
All in all, Georgette Heyer’s Regency World lives up to its title, and is a well-researched, clearly written, fascinating introduction to the Regency era. Highly recommended.

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