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Monday, August 24, 2009

Monday Spotlight: Linda Banche

I Write Regency

Why Regency?

As I sit here among the modern world of jangling cell phones, endless boring meeting and traffic jams, I ask, how can the modern world be romantic?

The commonplace, the everyday, is not the stuff of fantasy. Take me to a world lived against a background of life and death struggles, a vivid time, different from my own, but not too different, where vast possibilities reign--and that I can experience from a safe distance among all the modern conveniences.

Welcome to the English Regency. This historical period ran from 1811 to 1820, when George III of England went mad and Parliament appointed his son, the Prince of Wales, as Regent to rule in his stead.

But the Regency is an elastic term and can encompass the time from the French Revolution to Victoria's reign. The Napoleonic wars, that decades-long struggle which could have sounded England's death knell, occurred then. The literary giant Jane Austen lived and wrote in its midst. The time was one of extremes, of fabulously wealthy aristocrats and desperately poor commoners. But the era was also one of transition, when the old world, which defined a person solely by his birth, slowly and with great reluctance, yielded a new world where a person could make his own destiny.

The period was elegant, at least among the rich. In general, Regencies are tales of the upper classes two centuries ago. I love the sparkling conversation in these stories, the elegant manners and beautiful clothes. If I had lived then, most likely I wouldn’t have been the pampered lady of the house, but a poor servant, even more overworked and underpaid than I am now.

But in the realm of these books, I am the young, beautiful Lady of Quality, married to the same husband I have now, but who’s been transformed into a young, gorgeous hunk. We are both filthy rich so I can do what I like and not have to sit in boring meetings.

And I have all the modern conveniences. Ah, what a fantasy.

Thank you all,



Judy said...

I love reading the Regency Era novels. I am sure I would have been a lowly commoner also, but you can always dream about the era.

Lindsay Townsend said...

I love the elegance and wit of the Regency period, too, Linda. It was a very vibrant time in so many ways and I can understand your fasccination with the time. Super post!

Linda Banche said...

Hi Judy, there are lots of us who love Regency out there. Nice to meet another.

Thanks, Lindsay. In some ways, the Regency seems a time out of time, almost a fantasy world. Maybe that's why it's a great setting for romance!

Kathleen O said...

I think there is romance to be found in all eras, but the regancy period I think was one of the more romantic periods. And I have to agree with Lindsay with the wit and elegance of this period.

Linda Banche said...

Hi Kathleen, I certainly agree about the Regency being one of the most romantic eras. Fanatic that I am, I think it's the most romantic!

Unknown said...

The last time travel story I read also took place in the Regency period. It can be fun!

Linda Banche said...

Hi Merwan, time travel and Regency make a great combination! Glad you enjoy it. said...

OHHHHH Pick Me!! I love Time Travel Books!!!!!

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