Regency Websites and Blogs

We all have favorite websites and blogs, those places we go to be entertained or to learn things. Here are five of mine, all dealing with the Regency, at least sometimes. It is not an exhaustive list, but five sites I return to fairly often, either because I need them or because they entertain me.

So off the top of my head, 5 websites or blogs I like:

The Georgian Index – so much information here. One of the things I love about this site is I can always find some shop to insert in my books, but there’s so much more here. Here’s an example:
House of Millard/ Millard’s warehouse/draper – No.16 Cheapside – Bengal Muslins, flannels – advertised in La belle Asemblee 1812-3 – (locale) City
– I can have my heroine walk into a draper shop that really existed!

Number One London – this is Kristine Hughes and Victoria Hinshaw’s blog and they never cease to amaze me with the information they provide. And it’s always fun, too. Here’s Kristine’s first report from the Battle of Waterloo reenactment.

Regency Ramble – This treasure is the creation of my fellow Harlequin Historical author, Ann Lethbridge, aka Michelle Ann Young. Ann hails from the UK and she does something I love! She tells us about the flora and fauna of the Regency period, among other things Regency, including fashion prints. Here is her latest. Have you ever heard of a bustard?

Cogitations and Meditations – This is our friend Keira Soleore’s blog and by some magic I cannot perform on my own, Keira made it so I receive her blog in my email, so I never miss a thing. Keira has a miriad of things on her blog, very intelligent things oftentimes. Or very exotic, like this latest Picture Day Friday. Not always Regency, but always interesting.

Wikipedia – I know I know I know. You can’t trust Wikipedia because not all the information is cross-referenced and thus it is susceptible to being false, but, gee, there’s nothing like it to quickly find that elusive fact that probably is not false. I’ve used Wikipedia extensively to find out stuff like Like – When did Queen Charlotte die? (Nov 17, 1818) because I know it happens right in the time period I might be writing about. Or, I recently needed to know something about carriages. I started by looking at Wikipedia. (gig). My Three Soldiers Series required knowing details of the Battle of Waterloo. Wikipedia had great information on the battle and, from my other reading of the subject, it looked accurate.

What are your favorite blogs and websites? Besides Risky Regencies, I mean!

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Diane Gaston is the RITA award-winning author of Historical Romance for Harlequin Historical and Mills and Boon, with books that feature the darker side of the Regency. Formerly a mental health social worker, she is happiest now when deep in the psyches of soldiers, rakes and women who don’t always act like ladies.
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11 Responses to Regency Websites and Blogs

  1. Hey, thanks for sharing! I love Wikipedia too. I don’t care they’re suspect, because more often than not, they have the info I need, and it’s not controversial enough to be suspect.

  2. Jane Austen says:

    Every morning I start my day with It’s where I get most of my arts news and it is all conveniently in one place.

  3. Diane Gaston says:

    Yay, Megan. I’m glad you feel the same about Wikipedia!

    Jane Austen, I almost put in Since you told me about it awhile ago, I check it often and enjoy the articles there. It just wasn’t Regency enough to make the list 🙁

  4. Jane Austen says:

    I know it rarely has a Regency article, but it often has some JA articles and it does keep me abreast of items happening in the publishing world which I always find interesting. In fact my next blog post (I was horrible to miss both my postings last week) will be about an article I read in it. I have an on campus interview for my dream job on Thursday. I’m hoping for the best.

  5. Jane George says:

    I’ve been reading SlushPile Hell daily. Not sure if I’m amused or not but I keep clicking on it.

    What a lovely pic of Lady Keira S!

  6. WOWOW!! Little ole me??? Thank you for the shout out, Diane. I’m so pleased. Though you’ve put me in such illustrous company, my li’l blog is a bit of a poor relation in that crowd of the highest of the high.

    Wiki is good for a quick-n-dirty check. In fact, it’s good for a first look. I do back it up with solid, unquestionable sources though.

    I adore Number One. Am heading over to Georgian Index now.

  7. Diane Gaston says:

    Jane Austen, I wish you the best of luck on your interview! (I do check your blog, too!)

    Jane George, I feel ambivalent about SlushPile Hell. I keep thinking that there are hopeful, if clueless, writers out there, just dreaming of being published someday. If I read a portion of my query there, I’d be humiliated and heartbroken.

    Keira, sometimes I don’t follow up Wikipedia if it isn’t absolutely crucial.
    I am surprised you’re suprised to be listed here. I love your blog. You surprise me so often.

  8. Mary Blayney says:

    Fun post Diane — I’m always looking for favorite sites to add to my collection. Just wish someone would give me a clue on how to keep them organized. is a blog that I used to be a part of, now I just read and coccasionally comment.

  9. Diane Gaston says:

    History Hoydens could have easily made my list, Mary!

  10. Thanks for the mention, I feel honoured. It’s like making one of those top ten lists, since I love your blog too. Thanks also, for all your kind comments over the weeks.

  11. Diane Gaston says:

    Ann, you have things I just never see elsewhere! Great job!

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