#TBT: Is She a Lady or No?

August 13, 2015

I’ve begun researching the next set of books in the life of the Blacks, what I’m affectionately calling the Spy Series: The Next Generation.  And in so doing, I’ve uncovered some very interesting research tools, historical tidbits, and things that have me scratching my head.

So I’m going to change up Throwback Thursdays on the blog to share some of my research with my readers.

First up…

Is She a Lady or No?

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This is something that is second nature to a historical romance novelist, but in the Regency period (when the Spy Series is based), titles often stay in the realm of Earls, Dukes, and Viscounts.  The Regency was much more restrictive about who could and could not get ahead.

But as we travel into the Victorian era with Samuel and Jane and Emily, the classes become more fluid with time.  Not a lot, mind you, but there’s a little give as the world becomes industrialized.

As a writer, this means I can more believably create characters of different class standings.  Which has me asking the question is the daughter of a baron given the courtesy title of lady?

Enter Debretts

Debretts is the single most robust research tool I’ve ever come across.  From British social etiquette to the title of a country squire’s son, this website has everything I need to launch the next generation of spies into the Victorian era.  I invite you to poke around in case you’re wondering if she is a lady or no.

One thought on “#TBT: Is She a Lady or No?”

  1. Judith Seward

    Interesting.

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