I have discussed Methods of Research for Historical Writers some months ago. Among others, I recommended working with Wikipedia to get a quick overview on a topic. I still stick to this advise. Nevertheless, it is always important and useful to double-check on information and to deepen your knowledge by visiting specialised websites and blogs. Therefore, I have edited links to tried and tested websites for you to help you with your research on the Regency period.
Kathryn Kane’s blog is a unique site. It features historical snippets of Regency England. She may choose to write about very peculiar topics, such as paper hats or frigorific solutions, but every post turns out to be most informative, excellent researched and extremely inspiring. You will learn loads about the Regency period by reading her weekly posts.
The Regency Researcher is run by Nancy Mayer, a most proper authority on all things Regency. Special to her site is “Ask Nancy”. You can ask her questions about the Regency period, especially on legal matters. She will then answer your question.
A very informative blog by Vic, featuring podcasts about all aspects of Jane Austen and her world and collections of links on social customs during the Regency era as well as on original sources and 19th century texts. From here, you can dig as deeply into the Regency period as you dare.
If you have to write a scene set in a ball room you want to have a look at this splendid website. It has, among others, animations on a huge variety of dances of the Regency period. Learning to dance could not be easier.
Sarah is a writer of historical novels. She also runs a blog brimming with information about history from the Renaissance age to the Regency era. I find her posts on money & value, fashion & fabric and food very helpful. And there is a lot more to discover.
A website for all who can’t get enough of history: Helen’s blog will take you on a ride through history from the Middle Ages to WW II. Don’t miss her series on “Mother Ros”s (October to November 2013 ). These posts are not about a person of the Regency period, but they proof how entertaining writing about history can be.
If you prefer doing research by books rather than by the internet, you can visit my bibliography page for recommendations.