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Historical fiction


  • Fiction set during a recognizable time prior to the time in which they were written.

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    • Historical fiction
  • Variants

    • Historical romances
    • Regency fiction
    • Romances, Historical
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  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Sources

    • found: Henry, L. The fiction dictionary, c1995(Historical fiction: fiction that takes place during a definite, recognizable period in the real past; generally involves important political or social events of the day, as well as the daily lives of ordinary people; also includes fiction that uses actual historical figures as characters.)
    • found: GSAFD, 2000(Historical fiction: Use for novels set during a time prior to the time in which they were written, and based around real events, people, or situations. UF Historical novels, Historical romances.)
    • found: Work cat.: Heyer, G. Cotillion, 1953(a regency novel)
    • found: Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer, 2013, via Google books, viewed Mar. 26, 2019:Georgette Heyer's novels (Cotillion, 1953, [genre] Regency)
    • found: Women writers of Great Britain and Europe, 2013, via Google books, viewed Mar. 26, 2019(Georgette Heyer, 1902-1974; she is best known for her Regency novels; she "writes ... historical novels, set in Regency England, in which people never lose their lives, their virtue, or even their tempers"; Regency romances)
    • found: The Oxford companion to twentieth-century literature in English, 1996(under romantic fiction: Romances with a historical setting, such as the Regency novels of Georgette Heyer; under Heyer, Georgette: British writer of historical novels and detective stories; she was an expert on the Regency period; The most popular of her Regency romances include Devil's Cub (1934), Regency Buck (1935), Faro's Daughter (1941), Venetia (1958), and Lady of Quality (1972))
    • found: Goodreads website, Mar. 26, 2019:Genres > Historical > Regency (Regency literature is generally set during the period of the English Regency or early 19th century. Rather than simply being versions of contemporary stories transported to a historical setting, Regency novels are a distinct genre with their own plot and stylistic conventions that derive from the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, and from the fiction genre known as the novel of manners. In particular, most Regencies feature a great deal of intelligent, fast-paced dialog between the protagonists and (traditionally) very little explicit sex or discussion of sex. Other common elements of Regency romances include mystery or farce elements in the plot; references to the Ton (le bon ton); a secondary romance between another couple in addition to the more serious story involving the main protagonists; mistaken identity (deliberate or otherwise); false engagements; marriages of convenience; depictions of activities common during the social season such as balls, routs, carriage riding, theatre events, fittings, suppers, assemblies, etc.; references to, or descriptions of, leisure activities engaged in by fashionable young men of the period, including riding, driving, boxing, gambling, fencing, shooting, etc.)
    • found: Guidelines on subject access to individual works of fiction, drama, etc., 2000(Regency fiction. UF Regency novels. BT Historical fiction. SN Use for historical works set during the late 18th and early 19th century up to the reign of Queen Victoria)
    • found: Camden, E. Where did the traditional regency go?, via Elizabeth Camden website, posted Apr. 25, 2013, viewed Mar. 26, 2019(traditional regency, books written in the tone of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. Emphasis was on the setting, manners, and foibles of upper class British society between 1811-20; the sensual regency romance, lead by writers such as Amanda Quick, Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James, and Christina Dodd. The time period was the same, but these regencies featured seething emotions, turbulent affairs, and explicit sex. The new regencies paid scant attention to the exacting historical detail prized in the earlier version of the genre)
    • found: Moore, H. Several LDS authors pen Regency romance novels, in Deseret news, July 2, 2012, viewed online Mar. 26, 2019(Regency romance novel; Regencies; Regency novels; Regency romances; the Regency genre; Regencies, which are typically set in the early 1800s in England, are known for their humor, for their heroines who battle against "stiff judgments" of an upper-crust society, and for characters and plot that operate within a strict societal structure; Regencies emphasize themes such as love and values and family--not stressing over things we can't control--which translates to money and titles and property in the Regency world)
  • General Notes

    • Fiction set during a recognizable time prior to the time in which they were written.
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2019-06-17: revised
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