Review: Georgette Heyer's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester

by Jennifer Kloester

Publication Date:  August 1, 2010
Publisher:  Sourcebooks

SYNOPSIS: Immerse yourself in the resplendent glow of Regency England and the world of Georgette Heyer...

From the fascinating slang, the elegant fashions, the precise ways the bon ton ate, drank, danced, and flirted, to the shocking real life scandals of the day, Georgette Heyer's Regency World takes you behind the scenes of Heyer's captivating novels.
As much fun to read as Heyer's own novels, beautifully illustrated, and meticulously researched, Jennifer Kloester's essential guide brings the world of the Regency to life for Heyer fans and Jane Austen fans alike.

Jennifer Kloester has authored a MUST READ reference book for any avid Georgette Heyer or Regency period fans.

In Georgette Heyer’s Regency World Kloester covers a wide-range of information pertaining to the Regency period; from deciphering the convoluted social class order of the day (wowza!), to what they wore, where and what they ate, where they shopped, the daily life of regency men and women, and my favorite, the hottest entertainment destinations to see and be seen! Also included is a who’s who in the Regency, a chapter that gives a small bio of the big players of the day, a list of newspapers and magazines that were being printed, a timeline of the Regency period and a bibliography of Heyer’s novels. One thing I really enjoyed was the way the author referenced scenes from Heyer novels that directly tie in with what she is discussing. I thought that really brought a lot to the book and showcases the author’s meticulous research. For example:
“Executing steps such as the chasse, jette, coupe, balote, glissade or the pas de basque with elegance and grace required a high degree of skill. Marianne Bolderwood at her first ball in The Quiet Gentleman found that she had to concentrate carefully on the steps of the quadrille, while her partner, Gervase, executed even the most difficult steps with considerable grace.”
What’s great about this book is that you can either read it all the way through or just pick it a chapter or subject at a time, whatever tickles your fancy that day or if you’re reading a book and come upon something you would like to have explained. Kloester has obviously done her homework, and I feel that I’m walking away knowing a LOT more about the Regency period than I did before and it’s also renewed my love for Georgette Heyer!

Passages to the Past highly recommends!!

FTC DISCLOSURE:  Thanks to Sourcebooks Publishing for sending me this lovely book for review.



  1. From reading the various reviews on this book I think I am very glad I am a child of my generation!

  2. Thanks for the review! I wish I'd tried to get this one to review myself! I checked at Borders yesterday and they had it on backorder...I'd have to wait six to eight weeks to get it!

  3. This sounds much better than I thought it would be. I saw it on Burton's Review also. I'm glad you found it so informative. Can you imagine having to be so proper and precise?

  4. What a perfectly concise review! Terrific job :)

  5. Wow. I like the part about reading chapters that you want. That is good!

    I will surely keep this in mind

  6. Thank god I am living in the present age.

  7. I will be getting this book. It is just the type I like to read, reference, but a good read just for itself. I know I'll enjoy it. Even better, I don't have to read it all the way through, just do chapters when I like.

    Thanks for the review.

  8. Ooooh! I LOOOOVE Georgette Heyer and only discovered her this summer. I've already read 7 of her books and am in the middle of the Reluctant Widow now! Thanks for posting this! I keep posting things about G. Heyer at nauseum on my blog -- but I can't help it! Now I have to get this too! :)


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