Research Books and Web Sites
Regency writers have to research lots of odd topics. Here are some internet sites and books I like, among many. However, the real gold mine for Regency information is The Beau Monde chapter of the Romance Writers of America®.
• This basic reference is my go-to book for all things Regency. I have it on a CD and open it each time I sit down to write: Regency Reference Book by Emily Hendrickson.
• Another favorite that I’ve got open on my computer (I have the CD of this, too) when writing: Oxford English Dictionary.
• Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, 2nd edition, by Jonathon Green, Weidenfeld & Nicolson
• Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 6th edition, edited by Elizabeth Knowles, Oxford University Press
• 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose, Dodo Press
• The History of English Interiors, by Alan and Ann Gore, Phaidon (I picked this up on special at the Dartmouth College bookstore while visiting 3rd son.)
• Regency Style, by Steven Parissien, Phaidon
• Regency Design, by John Morley, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers
• The London Encyclopaedia, edited by Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert, Macmillan (Great for stories set in London.)
• The A to Z of Regency London, introduction by Paul Laxton, index compiled by Joseph Wisdom, Harry Margary, Lympne Castle,Kent, in association with Guildhall Library, London (Maps—also good for London-set stories.)
• World Wide Words. I get his email newsletter, but I’m a bit of a word geek.
• Sifting the Past (historical paintings)
• Debrett’s, a guide to the peerage.
• Jo Beverley’s English Titles in the 18th and 19th Centuries.