Grab a Bonnet! The Harlequin Blog Celebrates the Regency Bicentennial in February!
For every period in history, chances are you’ll find a romance novel set there. After all, love is timeless, isn’t it? Perhaps one of the most frequent settings we see is the beloved British Regency (1811-1820). From that brief period came a huge span of historical romance, and while the lines may be a bit blurred on what specifically constitutes a Regency romance (does it really have to be set before 1820? When did that turn of phrase originate from?), readers have been clamoring for stories since Jane Austen first set quill to parchment.
February 1811 was when George III was declared mentally unfit to reign as king. Parliament passed the ‘Regency Act’ allowing his son, the Prince of Wales (later known as George IV), to take the throne. This of course led to the decade from 1811 to 1820 being named the Regency period, the start of one of history’s most inspiring and vibrant eras.
It was the era of Jane Austen, empire line dresses, industrial innovation, epic battles and political drama that continue to inspire us today – Colin Firth’s Mr Darcy climbing out of the lake anyone?!
Thank you Daily Mail Online for the image. 🙂
To celebrate the Regency period’s big birthday Harlequin’s Historical, Love Inspired and Mira authors want to share with you why they love the Regency period, some eyebrow-raising facts about the time and its colorful monarch, and to even test your knowledge with a fun quiz!
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So don your bonnet, grab your Regency rake and watch out for that carriage(!) as you step into the past…