Resources for readers & writers of Regency fiction
Need an appropriate exclamation for your hero? Check out my list of Expressions. There you'll find the ones most commonly used during the Regency period, and when each first showed up in the language. Scroll down the page for a list of contractions and when they came into usage.
If you're searching for slang spoken by criminals, waterfront rogues and similar low life, check out Cant, my abridged version of the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue. I've organized select words by topic, then alphabetically.
Under Articles can be found several nonfiction pieces I've written on topics that may be of interest. They include one on women assuming male roles during the 18th & 19th centuries; a history of Minerva Press; burial practices and religious attitudes about suicides; information about Gretna Green. In addition, you'll find a list of body language cues to emotion, and color terms under Craft.
Here are some websites I've found very useful:
British History Online
-- The definitive source for information about everything from the architecture of Almacks to specific political figures.
Regency Era Timeline
- from the Regency Assembly Press, a compilation of historical and cultural events by year.
Hearth & Home
British Titles List
-- Wikipedia list of extant and extinct titles dating from 1066-present. Includes the family name.
Debrett's Forms of Address
Peerage -- everything a writer needs to know about the peerage system in Britain. Note: this is a modern point-of-view so some policies have changed.
Leigh's 1819 New Picture of London -- everything the Regency writer needs to know about life in London. From how provisions were supplied, to street indexes, places of worship and public buildings.
London Panoramas -- 360 degree views of select bridges, squares, parks, etc...
Squares of London -- Georgian Index's outstanding site for descriptions of and tenants living in London's residential squares during the Regency.
Vauxhall Gardens -- singers, musicians, performers, proprietors and staff from 1661-1859
Views of London -- views of buildings and squares.
1662 Book of Common Prayer
A Table of Kindred and Affinity
-- consanguinity, a list of marital relationships forbidden by the Church of England.
Chambers' 1869 Book of Days -- detailed description of historic events, biographies of famous people, and customs and culture.
Correct Forms of Address - Laura Wallace's fantastic resource of the proper way to address the peerage.
Fashion Era -- Pauline Weston's wonderful website of clothing for all time periods.
Demode Couture -- women's clothing 1600-1919. THE best resource for fashion images from museums around the world.
Gaskell's Compendium of Forms
-- Late 19th century but sure to be applicable earlier. Written form of
address for letters of condolence and apology, dinner invitations,
weddings and balls.