Wednesday, October 13

Regency Research: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Regency & Victorian England

Writer's Guide to Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England from 1811-1901
The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in Regency & Victorian England (from 1811-1901) by Kristine Hughes was the first of many Regency research books that I requested from the library.  Separated into three sections the 241 page book is full of tidbits that are useful to writers or others enthralled with these unique time periods.  It tries to give the reader an overview of what life was like; when gas lamps where first used to light London or what a middle-class family budget encompassed.

What I liked about the book
The introduction, appendix, and the end of each chapter are chock full of sources.  Not only does the appendix contain a bibliography that could keep me searching through books for ages but has a list of museums and societies.  It is now clear to me that I just need to plan a trip to England.

What I didn’t like so much
The book was an enjoyable read my only quibble is due to my own expectations.  I expected the book to have a clear division between the Regency and Victorian eras.  Since my story I am currently researching primarily takes place in 1815 I read a lot of interesting factoids that took place years after my story.  But like I said, that is just me!

Have you read this book?  What did you think?

Part of Regency Research Book series


  1. I like the idea of planning a trip to England :) This does look like a good book, just from the readability point of view.

  2. Yes, it really was a quick read and if I was writing a Victorian story I would buy it!


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