Is ‘Bridgerton’ Historically Accurate?

Bridgerton has captivated fans since its debut on Christmas Day 2020. Set in the early 19th century, the series, based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton book series, focuses on love, family, and romance. Season 1 of the series followed Daphne (Phoebe Dynover), the eldest daughter of the affluent Bridgerton family. In 1813, she had her debut on the marriage market in a quest to find a husband.

To thwart her meddling older brother, Daphne teams up with Simon, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page). However, what the pair don’t expect is to fall in love.

Now, Bridgerton has been renewed through Season 4. But is the show historically accurate?

Julia Quinn Bridgerton series with Rege Jean Page as Simon Basset and Phebe Dynevor as Daphne
Julia Quinn ‘Bridgerton’ series on Netflix with Rege Jean Page as Simon Basset and Phebe Dynevor as Daphne | LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

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What will Season 2 of ‘Bridgerton’ be about?

Season 2 of Bridgerton will shift its focus and center the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), as he finally decides to stop spreading his wild oats and settle down to set an example for his younger brothers.

Netflix’s renewal announcement read, “Lord Anthony Bridgerton intends to dominate the social season.” Much of the details for this forthcoming season will be pulled from Quinn’s book, The Viscount Who Loved Me. The book description reads,

Anthony Bridgerton hasn’t just decided to marry — he’s even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended’s older sister, Kate Sheffield — the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate’s the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams…

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‘Bridgerton’ has begun filming Season 2

Season 2 of Bridgerton has already begun filming in the U.K., and fans are guessing that we can expect to see Season 2 debut around the holiday season 2021.

Bailey and actor Simone Ashley, who will portray Kate, were spotted at the Ascot Racecourse on April 30 dressed in 19th-century costuming. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kate has been described as “smart, headstrong young woman who suffers no fools — Anthony Bridgerton very much included.” 

As we prepare to see another whirlwind love match, is Bridgerton historically accurate?

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Is ‘Bridgerton’ historically accurate?

When it comes down to it, Quinn and Netflix have done their research and Bridgerton is historically accurate, for the most part. “I would say that there is less pressure put on today’s youth to find love,” Maria Sullivan (dating expert and vice president of Dating.com) told PureWow. “It has become more of a personal choice rather than a life mission.”

While romances in the 1800s were focused on marriage, the basis of dating remains the same today. “Partners want to find an emotional and physical connection,” Sullivan said.

However, there is one thing about dating in the 19th century that Bridgerton missed the mark on. “One aspect of Bridgerton that is a bit farfetched when compared to today reveals itself through ‘the art of the swoon,” Sullivan said.

She added, that today, no one is going for that. “Fainting is perceived as an entirely negative, somewhat embarrassing and non-romantic experience overall.”