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.)

Internet sites

The Phrase Finder

A "lobby" in the sixteen-sided
A la Ronde, Exmouth, England

World Wide Words. I get his email newsletter, but I’m a bit of a word geek.

1817 Darton's Map of London

1818 Map of London

Sifting the Past (historical paintings)

The Georgian Index 

The Regency Redingote

Jane Austen’s London

Debrett’s, a guide to the peerage.

British Titles of Nobility

• Jo Beverley’s English Titles in the 18th and 19th Centuries.