|The Prince Regent|
One specific issue I wanted to address has to do with character names in novels and how members of the aristocracy are addressed. For instance, in my first novel, Secrets of the Heart, The Ravensmoore Chronicles, the hero, Devlin Grayson, is an earl. His estate is known as Ravensmoore, therefore he is addressed as Lord Ravensmoore, the Earl of Ravensmoore, or, for those who know him well, simply, Ravensmoore, but NOT Lord Grayson. He would not be called Devlin in public and his family may or may not call him by his given name.
In Chameleon, the second book in the series that just released, Jonathon Denning is Lord Witt, or the Lord of Witt. He is also an earl. He would be known as Witt to his familiars. It can get rather confusing. An earl's wife is known as a countess. If Witt marries then his wife would be known as Lady Witt or the Countess of Witt. There are several authors in the CBA who are well known for writing during this period in history. An excellent resource regarding the peerage can be located on Jo Beverly's website.
Vic Sanborn has an incredible site that you'll really enjoy. This is one of the places I go when looking for my own answers regarding the regency. You can find it at Jane Austen's World.
You may also enjoy, Nancy Mayer who is an incredible regency researcher. Those of us who have been reading and writing within the regency for years are well aware of Romance Writers of America's, The Beau Monde.And author Gaelen Foley also has an incredible history site.
Within the CBA there are also many regency authors. Linore Rose Burkard has a great list of resources for readers you will enjoy. Author Julie Klassen has some great pictures under her resource tab. And here are the 10 Essential Voices in Regency Romance within the pages of Family Fiction Magazine. By the bye, Ruth Axtell Morren has been a fabulous mentor to me over the years and she's a fabulous writer.
What's your favorite regency novel? Do you have a favorite resource site for the regency time period?