Introduction: Georgette Heyer was one of the greats when it came to historical romance. Her historical knowledge was encyclopaedic and she prided herself on dating her books by reference rather than statement. Her accumulated notebooks are an absolute goldmine of information, and would be published as one of the world's great references if she'd only kept a record of the sources. On top of this she was a skilled writer with a keen sense of humour, who could draw a character in just a few words. Her novels are enjoyed by both sexes.
Her early work tended to be based in the mid 18th century, often just after, and with a connection to, the '45. Later she settled in the regency period, from 1795 to 1820. Like Jane Austen there is little reference to the war on the continent in most of her books, but when there is the reference is accurate. As far as units go, she preferred the better known ones - cavalry, Guards or Light Division.
In 1984 Jane Aiken Hodge published a biography of the writer: "The Private World of Georgette Heyer".
Heyer's Romance novels have gradually being reprinted through the 1990s.
Images courtesy of Pan Macmillan.
|Powder and Patch||1923||1770s|
|Simon the Coldheart||1925||1100||Norman knight|
|These Old Shades||1926||1750||Reference to '45|
|The Masqueraders||1928||1746||Reference to '45|
|The Black Moth||1929||1750|
|The Convenient Marriage||1934|
|Regency Buck||1935||1812||Charles Worth, Capt 11th Hussars, home on leave after being injured at Arroyo dos Molinos|
|The Talisman Ring||1936||C18|
|An Infamous Army||1937||1815||Charles Worth, Staff Col (11th Hussars (det)). Set in Brussels and at Waterloo. Brilliant description of the Battle.|
|Royal Escape||1938||C17||Civil War|
|The Spanish Bride||1940||1812||Harry Smith, Brig Maj (Capt. 95th Rifles, detached). Follows the Peninsular War from Badajoz, and then the War of 1812 and Waterloo.|
|The Reluctant Widow||1946||~1812||Brother on Hill's staff in the Peninsular|
|The Foundling||1948||~1816||Gideon Ware, Capt Lifeguards|
|The Grand Sophy||1950||~1818|
|The Quiet Gentleman||1951||1816||Gervase Frant, Capt 7th Hussars|
|The Toll Gate||1954||1816||John Staple, Capt 1st Dragoons (sold out 1814)|
|Bath Tangle||1955||1816||Hector Kirkby (Major ?)|
|Sprig Muslin||1956||~1810||Capt Neil Kendal (Brig Maj 43rd) (Home on sick leave)|
Arthur Ludlow (Maj ?, dec(Salamanca))
|Venetia||1958||1816||Conway Lanyon nth Foot, (at Cambray)|
|The Unknown Ajax||1959||Sept 1817||Hugo Darracott, Major 95th Rifles (sold out 1816), joined early enough to go to Buenos Aires.|
|Pistols for Two||1960|
|A Civil Contract||1961||1814||Adam Deveril, Capt 52nd Foot (sold out 1814)|
|Cousin Kate||1968||~1822||Malvern (Major (dec) served Portugal & Waterloo)|
|Lady of Quality||1972|
|My Lord John||1925||1393||Mediaeval|
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