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The Regency Companion (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, Vol. 841) Hardcover – January 1, 1989


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  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Publishing, Inc. (January 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824022491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824022495
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,868,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Moissant on April 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
An invaluable and delicious reference for any lover of English history, specifically of the Regency Period (1811-1820). Unlike the Victorian era following it, the Regency era was quite wicked--a time of serious partying, mistresses and lovers, and gambling into the night. This books provides a wealth of information and covers just about every aspect of the era as it pertains to the beau monde or those of the upper class or aristocracy. In detail, the book explores what a gentlemen or lady of the time would have worn, what they would have eaten, how they decorated their houses, how they were brought up, how they would marry, and most importantly, all the hedonistic pleasures they would indulge in. This book also provides a section on the most famous people of the era and a dictionary of popular slang. Great fun. Also recommend: Regency London by Stella Margetson and An Elegant Madness by Venetia Murray.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The publishing company needs to reprint more copies. This book is EXTREMELY hard to find but an EXCELLENT resource for the Regency period. Laudermilk covers just about every aspect of life of the Regency period, including class, politics, fashion, military, and daily life. Social customs, clothing, travel, and environmental conditions are covered. Its not an extensive book, that in-depth covers all the above subjects, but excellently highlights them for readers of all stages of interest in the Regency period of England. I used it for an undergraduate research paper and have been searching for an affordable copy ever since. Unfortunately, it is out of print and those that purchased the book know they have a gem. The cheapest used price is $300! I wonder if my public library knows how tempting it is just to pay them $50 and never return the book next time I check it out.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Root on February 2, 2007
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I love to read about the Regency, but most histories, while excellent for giving a sense of the time, are not specific enough and organized in such a way as to clarify the details of day-to-day life, even for the upper classes. This books is superb. It is very entertaining to read straight through, and answers those detailed questions that allow one to concretely visualize the setting.

i imagine that this would be particularly invaluable for writers. I'm not one myself, but it must be frustrating to try and find the precise descriptions to create a truly vivid world. This books is quite specific. One may know that Classical, Chinese and Egyptian furniture were popular during the Regency, but this stipulates when each one was most fashionable. Most writers manuals that I have seen try to treat the Regency with the Victorian, and the information simply isn't in depth enough for a century that saw such enormous change. Each chapter includes a glossary of related terms, and there is another at the end of the book. Also included are a timeline, small biographies of important people of the era, details of famous places and buildings, and an extensive bibliography. The book is indexed, although not as thoroughly as I would like.

A wonderful addition to any Regency collection - I hope that it is reprinted sometime soon for those not fortunate enough to have their own copy. The other book that I would recommend as a Regency reference work is Jennifer Kloesters' Georgette Heyer's Regency World. That is much more a guide to the era than to the author's works, and gives many of the nuts-and-bolts of daily living (chiefly for the upper classes) than can be so difficult to find. The two books have slightly different emphases, and I would recommend using both, if possible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Taylor on February 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must-have for anyone who enjoys or wants to understand the Regency period from 1811-1820. It is a reference book that not only characterizes the lifestyles of many famous people that lived back then but also covers language, fashion, the reasons for marriage and more.

History students and authors of historical romances are other people who will find it interesting. Published in 1989, you will probably have the best luck finding it at your local library. If found, the copies that people are willing to sell are listed for ridiculous prices.

I have read quite a few romances from this era and, honestly, I developed a bitter taste for this group of people who expected to be served everything without question. Boredom occurred so both sexes turned to self-gratification and not with the most pleasant results. Still, I found it an education and a necessary book with a wealth of knowledge. Kudos to the two authors for their excellent research in it putting together. And yes, I will still read romances from this time hoping to find true love among the aristocrats.
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By Rebecca S. Perry on August 12, 2014
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Very nice book. Could not be happier with it.
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