Venetia and the Byronic Hero

As romance writers and readers, we are all intimately acquainted with the Byronic hero. That particular brand of brooding, mysterious, misunderstood – and did I mention handsome? – Regency venetiarogue that has stolen the heart of many a sheltered young Regency heroine. He is Captain Conrad in The Corsair, Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, and Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre. And as dark and dangerous as he is, he makes the honorable, morally upright gentlemen with whom he shares the page seem downright unappealing.

In Venetia, Georgette Heyer offers her own contribution to the legions of Byronic heroes that have been populating romantic literature ever since Lord Byron first took quill pen to paper.

To read the rest of my article, Venetia and the Byronic Hero, click over to The Regency Reader.  And don’t forget to come back and share your own thoughts about Venetia and Byronic heroes in the comments section below!

If you crave even more Georgette Heyer, stop by The Beau Monde’s Blog, The Quizzing Glass, Regency Turns 80and help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Regency.  There will be articles posted on each of Heyer’s novels throughout 2015.  You don’t have to be a member of RWA or The Beau Monde to join the conversation!

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Tina
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Georgette Heyer is one of my favorite writers. I have read her regency romances over and over. I really couldn’t tell you which is my favorite.

Mimi Matthews
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Thanks for the comment, Tina! Georgette Heyer’s novels really lend themselves to multiple re-reads, don’t you think? I personally find something new to appreciate with every successive read.

Angelyn
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The callow youth trying to ape the hero is a favorite Heyer supporting character. When Oswald tries to model himself after Damerel, he reminds me of Peregrine’s admiration of Lord Worth in Regency Buck.

Mimi Matthews
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Thanks for the comment, Angelyn! And great comparison between Perry and Oswald! I suppose, given their personalities, it isn’t surprising that the happy-go-lucky Peregrine would try to emulate the poised and fashionable Corinthian Lord Worth, while Oswald (with his moodiness, his sulks, and his temper) would aspire to be like the dark and mysterious Damerel. Oh, youth!

Elizabeth Bailey
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Great article. Totally brilliant description of Damerel!

Mimi Matthews
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Thanks so much! Venetia is such a wonderful book and Damerel (in my opinion) is one of Heyer’s very best heroes.

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