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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tuesday Spotlight: Lesley-Anne McLeod

Writing and Researching Regency Romances

There is so much information out there! When I started writing Regencies, every detail of research had to be painstakingly combed out of books. I spent hours with bibliographies, requesting interlibrary loans, and reading book after book. Books on social history, costume, politics, etiquette, and titles were all grist for my mill. Now it couldn't be easier--type a term into a search engine on the internet and all the information you could need pops up.

There are websites and blogs full of Regency information and some of them are excellent. I have discovered that long time Regency expert Nancy Mayer has a website. Nancy has been around in Regency circles for years, answering questions and doing her own research. Now she's making all that work available to all of us. Do visit her website at http://www.susannaives.com/nancyregencyresearcher/. Another researcher making extensive information available to Regency lovers is Joanna Waugh. Check out her pages at http://www.joannawaugh.com/. She has a list of Regency links right on her home page that will keep you busy for ages. And don't forget the Jane Austen Centre in Bath if you're looking for information--their on-line magazine is excellent: http://www.janeausten.co.uk/magazine/index.html. The Vermont Jane Austen Society has a terrific blog http://janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com/ and Jane Austen's World http://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/ is a must-visit.

And last but certainly not least--Prints George http://www.printsgeorge.com/. This is a commercial site (and a real laugh, if you like puns, bad or good) selling Regency reference material, but they also have a huge amount of free information. The site can take hours to explore fully, and don't miss 'Jane's Bureau of Information' on the page after 'entering' the site.

2 comments:

Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Sorry, I'm reading your blogs 'backwrds' because I've been 'away' from the pc for the last couple of days!! (t'other half has been roaming emaby! LOL)
Thanks for sharing all these wonderful links withus.
I wonder what, and how much more information would be out there if the 'net had been around in Georgette Heyer's time?
Apparently her research information was so vast no one british museum could afford to buy the lot and keep them together.
If I remember right a lot of it went to an American bidder, but I don't know the name.

Lesley-Anne McLeod said...

I don't know who bought GH's research papers but they must have been fantastic. JA and GH--I shouldn't even dare to write about the Regency. The best have already done it!