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Georgette Heyer's Regency World


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Contents List of Illustrations xi Introduction xv Acknowledgements xvii Chapter 1: Up and Down the Social Ladder 1 Regency Society The Social Ladder Royalty The Aristocracy The Gentry The New Middle Class, Nabobs and 'Cits' Further Down the Ladder The Bottom of the Ladder Climbing the Social Ladder Chapter 2: At Home in Town and Country 21 Mayfair The London House On the Fringe: Hans Town and Russell Square More Modest Dwellings Domestic Staff Great Estates and Country Living Chapter 3: A Man's World 45 Upper-class Regency Men A Bachelor's Life Marriage Bucks, Beaus and Dandies Chapter 4: The Gentle Sex 63 The Regency Woman All the Accomplishments Making a Come-out Mothers, Wives, Widows and Daughters On the Marriage Mart To Gretna Green A Brilliant Match or a Disastrous Alliance Other Options Chapter 5: On the Town 85 The Season and the Little Season Almack's The Patronesses The Best Circles Rules and Etiquette Scandal! Dancing The Theatre In the Parks Chapter 6: The Pleasure Haunts of London 117 Carlton House Clubs, Pubs and Pleasure The Bow-window Set Vauxhall Gardens Ladies of the Night, Brothels and Gambling Hells Convivial Evenings Around the Town Chapter 7: The Fashionable Resorts 139 Brighton The Best Address and Other Accommodations On the Promenade and Other Entertainments Bath The Upper and Lower Assembly Rooms The Pump Room Taking the Cure Other Diversions Chapter 8: Getting About 161 All Kinds of Carriages On Drivers and Driving Public Transport On the Road Long-distance Travel Turnpikes, Toll-gates and Tickets Chapter 9: What to Wear 181 Men's Fashion from Head to Toe The Intricacies of the Neckcloth Women's Fashion from Hats to Hose Hairstyles Seals, Fobs, Snuff-boxes and Quizzing Glasses Jewellery Ageing Gracefully General Fashion Glossary Chapter 10: Shopping 223 Shopping in London London Shops Daily Needs Lock's for Hats Milliners, Tailors, Modistes and Mantua Makers Hoby's for Boots Fribourg & Treyer's for Snuff Linen Drapers Jewellers Cosmetics Chapter 11: Eat, Drink and Be Merry 243 Food, Removes, Repasts and a Light Nuncheon Meals and Menus What's for Dessert? Gunter's Drinking by Day and by Night Chapter 12: The Sporting Life 253 Boxing at the Fives Court, Prizefights and Pets of the Fancy Cocks and Dogs Revel-routs and Boxing the Watch On the Strut to Tattersall's Hunting, Horse Racing, Curricle Racing and Wagers Gambling, Vowels and Debts of Honour Duelling Chapter 13: Business and the Military 273 The Postal Service The City The Stock Exchange Banking Money Talk The Military The Peninsular War The Peace The Hundred Days Military Men Chapter 14: Who's Who in the Regency 289 The Royal Family Influential Men The Beau and the Dandies Appendix 1: A Glossary of Cant and Common Regency Phrases 313 Appendix 2: Newspapers and Magazines 327 Appendix 3: Books in Heyer 333 Appendix 4: Timeline 341 Appendix 5: Reading about the Regency and Where Next? 353 Appendix 6: Georgette Heyer's Regency Novels 357

About the Author

During the extensive study and research of Georgette Heyer's work for her PhD thesis, Jennifer Kloester had access to private papers and other information through the generosity of Georgette Heyer's estate, discovering a wealth of new material on the immensely private author. Kloester lives in Victoria, Australia.


"A well-written, in-depth look into how people lived, worked, behaved, dressed and spoke during the Regency period and was thrilled at how much I learned" - Rundpinne
"A tremendous resource for authors trying to write in this time period." - Austenesque Reviews
"Immerse yourself in the resplendent glow of Regency England and the world of Georgette Heyer...." - Anna's Book Blog
"What elevates this book beyond a collection of historical facts is its organization and that the author places many of Heyer's novels and characters in context to the categories and descriptions within the text." - Austenprose.com
"Filled with tasty little nuggets of information." - Jane Austen's Wolrd
"Whether you are a Heyer fan, a general reader, a writer, or simply interested in the history of the Regency period, you will find this book useful and a pleasure to read." - Library of Clean Reads
"This is a handy dandy book to come to again and again for a quick Regency refresher course. " - Readin and Dreamin
"An impressive compilation of facts, figures, and drawings that leaves no stone unturned and discusses every aspect of Regency life. " - Romance Reader at Heart
"A great read and would make an excellent reference for anyone wishing to know more about the Regency, or who may plan on writing a Regency novel themselves." - Jenny Loves to Read
"I feel that I'm walking away knowing a LOT more about the Regency period than I did before... it's also renewed my love for Georgette Heyer!" - Passages to the Past
"Very well researched and meticulously put together." - Celtic Lady's Reviews
"Kloester's lively book will delight died-in-the-wool Regency readers and give those new to the genre a better understanding of the enduring appeal of Austen's world and Heyer's classic books." - Booklist
"An excellent wealth of regency knowledge for an aspiring author. " - Historically Obsessed
"An impressive compilation... A wonderful addition to any Regency lover's reference library" - Romance Reader at Heart
"An explication, exploration, loving tribute to, and erudite partial concordance of those sacred texts and the historical soil from which they sprung... a sweeping and entrancing social history. " - Barnes and Noble Review
"The guide is a boon to readers who until now have depended on context to clarify the unknown. On its own, it's interesting. Paired with a period novel, it's a must-have handbook." - The Dallas Morning News
"The research was top-notch, not only into the Regency world itself, but for the breadth and depth she went into studying Heyer's work. " - History Undressed
"Highly, highly recommended for readers of Georgette Heyer's books, particularly those who know little about the Regency time period." - Bookfoolery and Babble
"This is truly everything you ever wanted to know about Heyer's Regency world and beyond!" - Life in the Thumb

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