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What Regency Women Did For Us (Paperback)

Social History Women of History

By Rachel Knowles
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781473882249
Published: 5th April 2017


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Regency women inhabited a very different world from the one in which we live today. Considered intellectually inferior to men, they received little education and had very few rights. This book tells the inspirational stories of twelve women, from very different backgrounds, who overcame often huge obstacles to achieve success. These women were pioneers, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, authors, scientists and actresses women who made an impact on their world and ours. In her debut non-fiction work, popular history blogger Rachel Knowles tells how each of these remarkable ladies helped change the world they lived in and whose legacy is still evident today. Two hundred years later, their stories are still inspirational.

A nice overview of the lives of notable Regency women. Austen's there, of course, but so are lesser known figures in fields such as science. Would make a nice introduction to the era.

NetGalley, reviewed by Jeanne Williams

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Lil's Vintage Blog, YT

An interesting and inspiring collection of 12 stories about inspiring women from the Regency period. Besides the well-known Jane Austen, there are biographies about relatively unknown personalities associated with the struggle of being recognized as subject with full rights, including to pursue a scientific career. The stories are based on rich bibliographical references, easily integrated as readable stories. An inspiring and brain-storming lecture.

NetGalley, reviewed by Ilana WD

This book seems to be more along the lines of popular history so if you just want a quick overview of the lives of women in the Regency period this could be the way to go.

NetGalley, reviewed by Jane Skudder

I’m not sure why this book has such average reviews; it delivered exactly what I expected it to!

What Regency Women Did for Us gives brief but heavily-researched biographies of women of the Georgian/Regency eras. This includes women who had careers that people of the era (and perhaps even now) would be shocked to see a woman involved in, and some women who never married, giving them freedom to choose their own futures.
I read books like these for the facts, and appreciate authors who can pack a lot of detail into fairly short sections. It makes it a good book to read in bits and pieces, and really challenges the idea women of the past were all passive and boring.

It delivered exactly what I wanted it to.

NetGalley, reviewed by Sonya Heaney

Fabulous Book!! Well written and educating but fun to read, a keeper!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

NetGalley, reviewed by Heather Bennett

Overall, I'd recommend this interesting read to fans of short biographies.

NetGalley, reviewed by Deborah White

What Regency Women Did For Us looks at some fascinating and under-appreciated women from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. From this angle, I found the book very interesting.

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About Rachel Knowles

A lifelong enthusiast for the Regency period, Rachel Knowles established the Regency History blog in 2011, acquiring a reputation for paying meticulous attention to original sources in her pursuit of historical accuracy. Her first historical novel, A Perfect Match, a romance set in late Georgian England, was published in 2015. She lives in Weymouth, Dorset, and is a popular local speaker on the Regency period.

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