In April, I’m posting 26 blogs, one for every letter of the alphabet. I write historical romance set in Regency England, and I’m offering a brief lexicon of words to help you understand the story world of my Regency characters. Follow the links for more in depth information.
H is for Heyer:
I’m cheating a bit today because “Heyer” is not a Regency term, it’s a name.
Georgette Heyer was the prolific twentieth century author of commercial fiction who launched the Regency Romance genre eighty-one years ago with her madcap novel, Regency Buck. I’ve linked here to my article about this very first Regency Romance on the website of The Beau Monde, a chapter of Romance Writers of America devoted to all things Regency.
I couldn’t possibly include all the vocabulary of the Regency period here in these posts (even if I knew all the words). But, if you want a thorough grounding in the cant and slang of Regency times, read Heyer’s Regency novels. She was an expert on all things Regency. You’ll be able to figure out the meanings of most words from context, and at the same time be entertained.
Questions? Comments? Visit Monday for the letter I!
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