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 rogue 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, and 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!