An important anniversary for the Regency romance genre will be taking place next year. In 1935, Georgette Heyer published her seventeenth novel, Regency Buck. It was also her first novel set during the English Regency. Therefore, next year, 2015, is the eightieth anniversary of the origin of the Regency romance novel. Prior to the publication of Regency Buck, very few beyond professional historians knew very much about this scant decade of British history. The popularity of Regency Buck changed all of that. Readers loved the setting as much as the story and Heyer would go on to write more than twenty-five novels set during the Regency.
With Heyer’s success to show the way, other authors soon began writing their own Regency romances. It did not take long before that special sub-genre of historical romance was sought after by readers around the world. Many of the early Regencies were light, charming romances which are now classed as "traditionals." But over the course of the past eighty years, though there have been changes in the style and tone of Regency romances, they are still very popular. And, hopefully, they will remain so for another eighty years and more.
To celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the Regency romance, the Beau Monde, the Regency specialty chapter of the Romance Writers of America will be posting a series of articles at their blog about the novels of Georgette Heyer and about Regency romance in general. All those who enjoy Regency romances are welcome to stop by the blog to comment on any of those articles with their own views on Regencies. Some romance readers I know are planning to re-read all of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances over the course of next year. Do you have any plans to celebrate the Regency romance at 80?