Historical Definitions

lady with bookThere are so many different eras that an Historical Romance can take place in.  At times, it can be completely confusing trying to figure out what “time frame” we are actually reading about.

This page attempts to put things in prospective, make a bit of sense of all the conflicting terms and even opinions that are flying around about.  I do not have all the answers, but I do plan to find as many as possible.  Let’s get started.

What is the Regency Romance time period?

Regency romances are set during the period of the British Regency (1811–1820) or early 19th century.  (Source)

Did You Know – that Regency is actually a sub of the Georgian time frame?  Yep.  The Regency years, usually considered 1811-1820 were the years when George IV as Prince of Wales took over his father’s official duties because of illness.  “Prinny” might not have been king just yet, but he was doing the duties and enjoying the perks of a kingship during those years.  He had the power, so even as Prince of Wales, he rules (in his father’s place) during the Regency period.

Many Historical Romance novels are set in the Regency time frame.  There are some in Georgian or Victorian times.  But when you look at bookshelves, it appears Regency has everyone else outnumbered.

What is the Georgian Romance time period?

Generally, any time that one of the King George’s ruled.  1714-1830 (some take that time to include Williams reign)  so also 17-14-1837.  Remembering that the Regency time of Prinny is part of the Georgian overall time frame – it is also considered a sub which defines the years 1811-1820 as Regency.  Confusing, huh?  Yes, at times it can be – but this is simply a general time in years to show what Romantic Period we would be in based on the time of the story.  Victorian – Georgian – Regency – and back to Georgian.

What is the Victorian Romance time period?

The reign of Queen Victoria 1837-1901.


Side Note:  There have been times in a story where the time period has not been clearly stated and I’m left to decipher it through events.  I put this together to help me keep the Georgian – Regency – Victorian romance times and years a bit clearer in my mind.  If they help you, then that’s a real good thing.


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