Hi, all! Happy Friday! My motto is “never stop learning!” (That is, when it’s not “never stop refilling my coffee”) so I’m tickled that fellow Musa Publishing author Emma Lane has stopped by to share some information about regency romances with us. I actually had no idea what that category referred to and now I know. Yay!
The Regency Romance – by Emma Lane
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The reader knows immediately the story is about romance and before you know it, you are deep into the trials and tribulations of the Bennet family and their five single daughters and a mother looking for eligible mates. Jane Austen’s stories are timeless. Pride and Prejudice is as fun to read now as it was when it would have been labeled a ‘contemporary’ story. Who can compete with a hero as romantic (and rich) as Darcy?
Now these historical tales are called Regency Romances. It was a period of time 1811-1820 when the king of England was too ill to govern. His son was appointed a regent, a ‘sitting’ king with limited powers since his father was still alive.
Regency romances are fun to read and write. The story is usually light, witty and has a happy ending. There were strict rules for young women who dressed as if they were headed for bed. Gowns were flimsy and low cut. Men were held to standards of behavior as well, but chaperones were required to always be present. There were parties, balls and picnics. The ton, the upper ten thousand, the beau monde, the ruling class were in charge of the marriage mart. The game was to find a suitable mate.
Some simple suggestions for writing Traditional Regency would be: no overt sex. Lots of romance, but no 4 star heat ratings. Women were expected to marry, have children and rule over a household. Period. To engage in ‘trade’ was scandalous and only for the under classes. A fun task for the Regency author is to find a story line that allows the heroines to ‘jump out of the box’ without getting caught and scandalizing family and friends. Jane Austen as an author (she published anonymously at first as ‘A Lady’) would be an example. Heroines were frequently strong-minded women, but parents could marry their children off without their permission.
Research for these stories is fairly easy. The worse problem might be too much information. One could get lost in reading about this fascinating period of history.
Emma Lane lives in Western NY. She writes Regency Romances (A series called The Vicar’s Daughters 3, three sisters and their adventures while finding proper mates.) epubbed @ Musa Publishing.
She also writes contemporary Romantic Suspense epubbed @ Desert Breeze Publishing.
She is an avid reader of Regency Romances and has recently released a short story, Dark Domino.
Find Emma online at emmajlane.blogspot.com