Friday, July 09, 2010
Anyone familiar with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility understands the regency romance novel. A popular subgenre of historical romance, regency novels usually involve a comedy of manners and are set in early 19th-century England between about 1810-1820. The novels occur normally during the reign of George IV and William IV after George III was declared insane by Parliament’s Regency Act. His son was then declared acting king.
Regency romance is so popular that the Romance Writers of America bestow annual RITA award each year in the category. Here are some past winners:
My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever by Julia Quinn
A Reputable Rake by Diane Gaston
Much Obliged by Jessica Benson