Regency reading
For those who, like me, enjoy answering questions like "how much did a pair of boots cost in 1812

 

 

For those who, like me, enjoy answering questions like "how much did a pair of boots cost in 1812?" or "where was Wellington on June 10, 1815?," here is an idiosyncratic reading list of historical studies of the Regency period that I have found useful. Books currently available for purchase have an image linked to Barnes and Noble.

 

Daniel Pool, What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew.  From Fox Hunting to Whist—the facts of Daily Life in 19th-Century England.  Brief, readable survey of the basics: etiquette, entertainment, money, fashion, food, transportation, servants, crime, etc.

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-the Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England

 

Susan Palmer, The Soanes at Home.  Domestic Life at Lincoln's Inn Fields.  Published by the Soane's Museum (highly recommended for visitors to London).  John Soane was a regency-era architect; while not every regency gentleman has artificial crypts with skulls in our cellar, this study of Soane's household in London contains invaluable details about schedules, diet, and budgeting. Available from the Soane's Museum website

 

Tom Tierney, Empire Fashions.  A Dover coloring book featuring French costume under Napoleon.  An incredible bargain.

Empire Fashions
Empire Fashions

 

Niall Ferguson, The House of Rothschild.  Money's Prophets, 1798-1848.  Biography, economics and history blend in this critically acclaimed study of the influential banking family.

House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets, 1798-1848
House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets, 1798-1848

 

Mark Girouard, Life in the English Country House. 

 

J, Christopher Herold, The Age of Napoleon.  A magisterial survey  of both Napoleon and the world he altered.

The Age of Napoleon
The Age of Napoleon

 

Henrietta Spencer Churchill, Classic Georgian Style.  The best kind of coffee-table book: beautifully illustrated and organized.  Includes a glossary and a list of Georgian designers.

Classic Georgian Style
Classic Georgian Style

 

Philip Haythorthwaite, The Armies of Wellington.  Excellent overview of the organization and daily life of the British army under Britain's legendary general.