About Ladysilk

Hello and welcome to Ladysilk.Net, a Regency lover’s resource dedicated to the people, places, literature, fashions, on-dits, language and history generally contemporary to the early 19th century in England and the Regency Romance genre in particular. So why do I say early 19th century history in general and the Regency Romance era in particular…?

Officially, most historians will agree that the dates of Regency Romance Era England extend only from 1811 to 1820 when King George III was deemed unfit to rule by reason of insanity and his son Prince George IV-more familiarly known to all lovers of Regency Romance era novels as Prinny-ruled by proxy as the Prince Regent. However, as I, and most lovers of the Regency Romance era in general will quickly tell you, they don’t really care so much for the formal politics of the era as they do the culture, architecture, literature, fashions, and romanticized societal norms. It is, in fact, the unique culture of the era and the romantic doings of the wealthy classes as most often presented by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer that draw the Regency aficionado ‘s attention and hold our hearts. Therefore, for these purposes this most romantic of eras can easily be extended from 1795 when King George wed Caroline of Brunswick, until the death of his son, King George IV in 1837 when Queen Victoria ascended the British throne ushering in an era of change.

Now to answer your two most likely questions….

Question # 1. Why in the world would I name a blog about Regency Era England Ladysilk.Net?

The reasons are simple. I have owned the domain name for years, and it is short, sweet and easy to remember. The domain name itself is an amalgamation of SpunSilk my original web design firm and LadyWeb which is my women helping women online venture. As someone who has spent more than 15 years helping people put up websites, learn the ropes of SEO etc., etc., etc., I seriously considered doing the really smart thing and purchasing a domain name with Regency in the title but…

A: It would have been a lot longer and more difficult to remember.

B: I already own approximately 50 domain names.

C: It somehow seemed to fit.

Question #2. Why put up a blog about Regency Romances at all?

The answer to that is a bit longer in the making…thirty-five years longer, in fact, and it all started with

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I first read that particular book because it happened to be one of the few books that made up a little lending library that sat on one shelf in a country store my parents had recently purchased. I read it…and fell madly in love with the Regency Era, especially Heyer’s wonderful Americanized version of the more stilted English language actually spoken during the period. I had always loved almost any pre-twentieth century history in almost all of its forms-everything about it, the clothing, the political intrigues, the everyday life…. I found all of history totally fascinating; but this was something special. Regencies were short, sweet, easy to read and filled with just the stuff the I liked in a romance novel and none of the stuff I could care less about. (Until this point I had been more of a fan of action adventure, fairy tales and sword and sorcery fantasy.)

Anyway, as to why a blog about Regencies…. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis which finally resulted in my giving up my workaholic 24/7 lifestyle and my little Internet web design business. Suddenly, instead of just stealing a few moments here and there to read the latest James Rollins, Matthew Reilly, Lincoln Child, and Janet Evanovich-I reverted to my habit of childhood habit of reading everything I could get my hands on.

That, of course, led to revisiting some of my old favorites, beginning with Georgette Heyer’s The Grand Sophy, which in turn led me to reread my own Regency Romance and decide that I wanted to publish it.

It did not take long for me to discover that Regency Romances had only a few years previous been declared officially dead as a genre, and that very few publishing houses or agents appeared to be actively soliciting them. I found this hard to believe since I knew that there had to be lots of other ladies of my generation out there who fondly remembered these delightful stories filled with beautiful gowns and witty repartee. Then, oddly enough, a bit more research seemed to show that the rumors of the Regency’s demise were greatly exaggerated, since there certainly still seemed to be a very active Regency community online, and quite a few being published.* At that point I searched for an agent specifically willing to represent Regencies…and found only one, however she apparently did not care to represent mine since she did not pay me the courtesy of responding to either of my two query letters, despite a clearly stated agency policy of responding to all queries within 6 weeks. All of which brings me to seven months later and the realization that, at my age, if I ever wanted my Regency Romance to see the light of day, I would be best to quit wasting huge blocks of time searching for agents and editors and simply publish it myself.

Which in turn led to this blog:)

So when will my Regency Romance finally be ready? Well that’s another story altogether, which you can read about on the about me page!

* I later realized that Regencies had actually enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to the discovery of Jane Austen’s novels by several young Hollywood actresses of note, and the revisioning of her tales by pranksters with a penchant for Zombies and Sea Monsters-not to mention their inclusion as public domain freebies on the hot new Kindle and Nook Ereaders.

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