I stumbled across a reasonably affordable copy of The Regency Companion and bought it. Maybe the library had two since the stamp says “Outdated or Redundant.”
Ah. Research. Very timely as I am about to embark on The Next Historical.
Still, I decided to have a little fun with this book, so I rearranged some of the sentences.
Mr. Coke was just as remarkable as his house. Though enthralled with the perfection of Leicestershire as England’s premiere hunting field, Nimrod was not immune to its problems. All knew that a man showed his mettle on the hunting field. Guns were fired off from both the park and the tower. The most dazzling private pack [ ] was the Duke of Rutland’s, [but] gloriously attired ladies, each sporting a plume, were the true spectacle. Torn between the desire to laugh at the sight or frown in irritation at the time and effort it took to achieve this ridiculous style, the Comtesse could decide only that it became her very well indeed. She was one of the beauties of her day and famed for her equestrian exploits. The Stud Book firmly put all breeding on record. How each hotblooded young buck and his older elegant counterpart made use of these opportunities was left up to his own skill and imagination. [H]er feelings were still loverlike and constant. Youthful infatuation died an ugly death.
That’s exactly where I got my copy–in a discard box at the library for .50!! I love library book sales…
When I first started writing Regency, I tried to get a copy of this book but they were all too expensive. Since then I’ve acquired a decent home research library and a borrower’s card at a local university and decided I was managing OK without The Regency Companion. Now I’m curious. Does it really have information that can’t be found elsewhere?
What a coup! I’ve seen the Regency Companion for sale for as much as $400! I suspect you did not pay that much. I remember getting my copy on ebay on a Thanksgiving Day when I stayed up til midnight to be sure I was the highest bidder. That was a number of years ago and before those programs that do the bidding automatically.
The book is a wonderful overview of the Regency, but I rarely look at it anymore.
It does, Elena. Both it, and The Rise of the Eglairarian Family, are foundational IMO. Get it ILL if you can.
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