Historical Romance 101

Not an authority, but will gladly pose questions for those more experienced!


1. Historical – after WWII

2. Romance – main aspect of the plot romance between characters

3. Always ends in a happily ever after (HEA) or happy for now (HFN)

4. Classified according to time period or trope

Time periods

Ancient times

Medieval time period, include highlander romances and viking romances

Tudor period

Renaissance period

Elizabethan period

Georgian period

Regency period – most commonly written in (1811-1820)

Victorian era

Modern period

Note: American romances are like another layer! Think of the side by side!

Colonial period

Civil war time period

Western Period in Canada, America, or Australia until WWI

4. Tropes – archetype & themes reported over time ❀️

5. Covers & stepbacks

Can help you identify the genre!

Illustrated = rom-com

6. Smut = intimate scenes

  • Watch alone! πŸ˜‚

7. Romance is legit!

– The romance genre grosses a lot for the book industry!


This might help https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/The-British-Peerage/

Monarch (Prince, King)











Female archetypes:



Diamond πŸ’Ž of the 1st Water


Lady of the night

Male archetypes:



– scandalous 

Rogue – 


Alpha hero

Beta hero

Cinnamon roll hero

What are they talking about?

Saphic romance/ W/W romance – woman-woman

M/M romance- male-male

Steampunk – Story takes place within a specific period of time (early 1900s)

Harlequin – publisher

The YT videos reference below, contain recommendations! Still learning so unsure about recommending stuff…


Historical Romance contains a historical portion, so understanding history is important! πŸ‘†πŸΌ did a good job breaking it down πŸ˜‰

Videos used for reference:

These videos were great at introducing you to historical romance (HR).

Breaking Down The Time Periods In Historical Romance by @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/qLOnbFJwQwU

Historical Romance Terminology 101 @bookswithsamantha – https://youtu.be/VqvgrCVKQ68

Historical Romance 101: Genre Breakdown and Recommendations by @thebookrefuge https://youtu.be/OQ-SAjBsa3Q

Fated Mates podcast – What makes a romance novel a romance



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