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Regency House Party: Companion to the PBS Series Hardcover – January 1, 2004

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'Explore the finer points of Regency life while shattering the illusions and revealing the truth of a deeply divided England.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Tying–in with the 4–part primetime PBS series airing in November 2004, Regency House Party will follow 5 men and 5 women as they meet, flirt and court within the same strict protocols as Jane Austen's heroes and heroines, e.g. all women must be chaperoned, a woman should never encourage a man, a man should never touch a young lady, etc. Each participant will be designated a role and an income, which will dictate their social standing—although at any point this could change and one of the poorer guests could inherit a fortune, or a rich one suffer a crippling debt—and each chapter of the book will focus on a particular character or couple. The houseguests will take part in popular pastimes of the era: attending a public dissection, amateur dramatics, fencing and, of course, dressing up and attending balls. They will also hopefully manage to find a suitable marriage partner, whose wealth and social standing will enhance their own.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316726583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316726580
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill on October 23, 2011
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Though I didn't care that much for this particular "House" program, I'm very interested in the Regency era and thought the companion book would be useful, as I'd found the Manor House companion book to be terrific. I found though that this book was not as informative about the Regency era in general as the Manor House companion book is about the Edwardian era in general. The Regency House Party companion book focuses more on the show, the participants and their experiences, which would be of high interest I should think to fans of the program. There is still enough general information about the Regency to please me, and the pictures are lovely, so I'm happy to have the book, especially for such a bargain price. I would like to have seen more stills of the interiors, and the work that went into transforming them back to the Regency period (did the owner keep some of the changes afterward?) as well as more descriptions of the costumes and how they came by them - some I gather are from past Jane Austen adaptations.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Frenck on April 20, 2009
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I found out alot more then what was aired on television. Miss Conick winning the Lottery and become the richest women at the party. Being a history buff learned alot more about the time period too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By r hames on November 2, 2013
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this book took some time to get to me but was more than worth the wait. the condition and packaging was excellent and the book itself is wonderful. it adds interesting detail and gorgeous full color illustrations augmenting the psb Regency House Party dvd. I strongly recommend this book and am glad I got it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.Geyer on January 30, 2013
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I love this book because it has great insight into the world of the Regency. I very much enjoyed reading about how the team was able to recreate the style and feel of a country estate, from the decor to the food and even the well-trained staff.
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