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Review: Real Women of the Regency by Leah Gail

Step into the incredible real-life stories of the women who defined the Regency. Real Women Of The Regency will spark your curiosity and provide valuable insights into the cultural, historical, and social changes that rocked the early 19th century.

An exploration into the remarkable women who shaped the Regency period, this book offers readers a thoughtful glimpse into the authors, actresses, artists, and women leaders who made enormous waves in an era of radical upheaval and political change. The often-overlooked contributions of black women of the Regency, and the hidden world of lesbians. And not to miss the rules of romance to the scandalous affairs.

Artfully written with engaging prose and insights into the real lives and legacies of great women. This book reflects on the immense beauty and culture that we can find in this amazing period, along with the female pioneers who pushed for change and helped usher forth advancements in art, literature, fashion, politics, and much more. Real Women Of The Regency is a must-read for fans of Regency films and literature, history buffs, and anybody who wants to gain a deeper appreciation for these period-defining women.

Title:Real Women of the Regency
Author:Leah Gail
Category / Genre(s):Non-Fiction
Release Date:12th October, 2022
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A must for any lover of the Regency period

I have always had a fascination with the Regency period in England and love learning as much as I can about the era as well as reading romances set during that time. This book intrigued me as a way to learn more about the people of the Regency – and so the social history of the time – and also the women of the era and what their place was in and out of society.

Once I got into the author’s way of writing, I found her style to be really engaging but also quite informal. You certainly don’t feel like you’re reading a heavy historic tome which, for me, meant that I felt I really took in the information being delivered.

The book delves into the world of the Regency and how women fit there. As such, the book is split into chapters about certain parts of society rather than a different section or chapter detailing each of the women. I found this helped to give a really rounded view of the people we’re learning about and gave a really in-context overview of their lives. The chapters in the book are:

  • Introduction – A Right Royal Crisis
  • Crippling Conventions – The Rules of Romance
  • An Eye for Style and Elegance – Regency Fashion
  • Behind the Scenes – The Work of Political Hostesses
  • From Austen to Shelley – Female Authors
  • All the World’s a Stage – Actresses and Artistes
  • Making a Difference
  • Casting off the Chains – Black Women of the Regency
  • Lesbians, Cross Dressers and Other Taboos
  • Behind Closed Doors – Not So Secret Affairs
  • Conclusion – Legacies

There are some women that are quite well-known or that have appeared in many documentaries or drama series such as Jane Austen, Caroline Lamb, Anne Lister or Dido Belle to name but a few, yet many of the women mentioned were unknown to me. Even those I knew, it was still interesting and I found I learned more about them and their lives. In fact, I found myself learning a lot about the Regency as a whole. I liked to think I knew a fair bit about the Regency so I was delighted that the book taught me a lot about many different things and different people.

The author also took great pains to ensure she spoke of people of different classes – their experiences of the Regency being so vastly different from one another. While I admit that my interest does lean towards the aristocracy and upper classes, it was still fascinating to have a wider picture of the era and see where things deviated between the classes.

All in all I was charmed by this book. Reading it mainly as someone who enjoys the general and social history, rather than of the history of women specifically, I was delighted to find such a well-rounded book. The author clearly researched her subjects well, had a knack for getting this across to the reader in a captivating and interesting way, and I learned a lot of new things to boot. A very worthwhile read and one I would recommend to those who enjoy the real history of the Regency.

Leah Gail is a Marketeer, Entrepreneur and Author living in The Cotswolds, UK with her dog Lando the Cockapoo. Leah’s background is in Music Marketing and having worked in an industry with very few women at the top spent the majority of her time mentoring other women to reach their potential. Leah has also been enlisted into the Women In Music Roll Of Honour which recognises game changers within the industry and has helped other women reach their potential.
Leah loves to write books about women for women and also has a keen interest in nature and the environment and of course music.

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