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Bigger and better images allowed so my light-hearted Regency Era series has been updated. #RegencyRomance #AmWriting#Nonfiction

February 21, 2021

Yippee! Good news for all lovers of Regency Romance. Bigger and better images allowed by retailers so my light-hearted Regency Era series has been updated. A lighthearted look at life in the early 1800’s, or, the Regency Era. Fun pictures and historic information give an overview of The Prince Regent, the politics, and the way people filled their days, including where they went and how they spent time. An easy to read look at the longer Regency years for both history buffs and readers and writers of historical fiction from the last years of the 18th Century until Queen Victoria took the throne.

Bigger and better images allowed so my light-hearted Regency Era series has been updated. #RegencyRomance #AmWriting#Nonfiction

Strictly speaking, the REGENCY ERA refers to the years between 1811 and 1820 when George IV acted as Prince Regent when his father was unable to remain in power due to his illness, or rather his madness. For convenience, the term REGENCY YEARS is used to describe the longer period from the last two years of the Georgian Era (1809-1810), plus the ten years under the Prince Regent (1811-1820), and up until 1837 when Queen Victoria came to the throne. 

In the early 1800s, Britain, like most of Europe was divided by classes.  Lands, wealth, and power were inherited and remained within the aristocracy until the industrial revolution when self-made men became as wealthy, or in many cases, wealthier than land rich but money poor aristocrats. Parliament was on a class basis, with the House of Lords representing the hereditary upper-class and the House of Commons representing the rest. 

These years saw a good deal of change, politically, internationally, and domestically. The most important series of political events in the century was the rise of Prussia to the rank of a great power in Europe and of the German Empire under Prussian influence.  Early in the 1800’s, Napoleon’s defeat of Prussia left the country humiliated, which in turn stirred reaction and created a strong military organization of the country. 

Later, Prussian troops were an important factor in the great battle of the nations at Leipzig, with a Prussian army under Blücher coming to the aid of the English at a critical moment at Waterloo and bringing about Napoleon’s ultimate defeat. The industrial revolution saw the rapid growth of factories and therefore marked the end of working at home for many British people. Factories needed manufacturing equipment, which prompted a spike in engineering and inventions.  There were also wide spread developments in transport and trade as manufactured goods needed to be moved and sold. Working conditions were frequently debated in parliament and groundbreaking legislation was passed, which included the abolition of slavery. 

These domestic and class changes created an unprecedented demand for new houses, especially from the newly wealthy middle class. The growth of new housing prompted a trend towards refinement and sophistication in decorating and fashion styles, in art, and in the manners of the times, all of which may be referred to as Regency Style. 

Bigger and better images allowed so my light-hearted Regency Era series has been updated. #RegencyRomance #AmWriting#Nonfiction

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