By Cheryl Bolen
The Regency Reference Book
Available on CD for $18 (includes postage)
My edition, 3rd printing, 1994
My dog-eared, comb-bound copy of Dee’s reference book was purchased in
1998, but many members of Beau Monde praise the newer CD version because
of the search capabilities. Dee (a multipublished author of traditional
regencies under the name Emily Hendrickson) says the new version
includes color photographs.
The reference book fills a void that Dee discovered early in her writing
career. “It seemed to me that the reference books either ended with a
bit of info on the Regency period, or began just after with Victoria
taking the throne,” Dee said. Since this was before the days of
internet, Dee took herself off to the library and began to compile her
own reference book of the era about which she wrote. Her first edition
was published in 1991.
The book she produced has a 40-page Regency lexicon which includes
idioms of the day, and an there is an additional 11-page glossary on
women’s fashions and an 8-page glossary on men’s fashions.
She has also tackled titles, money, the postal system, mourning, men’s
clubs, and household staff. Other topics addressed include life in
London, social life, cultural scene, amusements, horse racing, and food.
Marriage, settlements, elopements, and inheritance are also
addressed, as are various types of traveling during the Regency. Her
illustrations of carriages are also helpful to those writing Regency-set
Those who desire this book can send a check for $18 to Emily Hendrickson
at 3585 Brighton Way, Reno, NV 89509. It is an invaluable resource for
all of us who write Regency romances.
This article was first published in The Quizzing Glass in