Talk:Historical romance

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This article needs work. The organization is terrible and the focus on romance novels is misleading. There is a large scale conflation here between romance as a mode of writing (like the novel, but deemed less realistic) and romance as a popular genre. History and development of historical romance should focus on nineteenth century novels that take as their model Sir Walter Scott, not on the popular genre as it in turn arises from this shared heritage. I would not signal this for deletion, but I would suggest restarting the article as a stub. As it is written right now, it should be a subheading under Romance Novels.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:37, 5 July 2008 (UTC)

This is a spinoff from romance novel. It's focus is, appropriately on the modern romance novel. I will add a hatnote though, to redirect to romanticism. Karanacs (talk) 00:30, 7 July 2008 (UTC)

Heyer and An Infamous Army[edit]

I removed this text from the article One notable exception, An Infamous Army was set before and during the Battle of Waterloo.[1] . Details of Heyer's individual books are not relevant to this article. (They are in her article.) The paragraph on Heyer is meant only to introduce the first historical romances and to give a very general description of what made them historical romances (using plot device as a setting, etc). Not all of Heyer's books were romances; she also wrote thrillers and historical novels. Not all of her romances followed exactly the same pattern and shared the same characteristics, and that is okay. This paragraph is not claiming that all of Heyer's books followed the generalizations we list, but instead showing that many of her books were like this, and were then historical romances. Does that make sense? Please discuss here before reinserting that information. Karanacs (talk) 15:13, 23 January 2009 (UTC)


The history section is woefully Anglophone-centric. Modern historical romance novels were around way before the early 70s--the hugely popular French Angelique comes to mind. The first book was published in the Fifties and translated into English soon after. They were made into a series of wildly popular movies in the Sixties, too. I suggest including this series as it's definitely a landmark one in the history of historical romance.

  1. ^ An Infamous Army, Heyer, Georgette (ISBN 978-0099465768)