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Are The Bridgertons Based On A Real Family? Let's Meet The Members Of The Household

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Are The Bridgertons Based On A Real Family? Let's Meet The Members Of The Household

Well, crush my ribs in a corset and judge my family mercilessly, because I am ready to be a debutante in the world of Bridgerton. Netflix's newest hit drama follows the Regency era exploits of the eldest Bridgerton daughter, Daphne, as she enters into society to find a husband, and I am not exaggerating when I say that I want her parents to adopt me. Unfortunately, the Bridgertons aren't a real family and Bridgerton is not based on a true story, so, I'm out of luck. (I'm also an old spinster in regency terms, so, my odds of being taken in by the family of 9 is slim.)

Despite its period setting, Bridgerton isn't based on specific historic events, but on a series of historic romance novels, written by Julia Quinn and set in Regency London, starting in 1813. The first in the series, The Duke & I, focuses on the 21-year-old Daphne Bridgerton, the middle child and eldest daughter, and her romance with Duke Simon Basset. There are now eight books in the series, each one focusing on the stories of a different Bridgerton sibling, with a few novellas to boot. And, while Quinn has said that there were some Bridgerton family moments inspired by her own life, she also told Shondaland,"There aren't that many books where I do pull directly from my own life."

Image: LIAM DANIEL/NETFLIX

Looking at the Bridgerton family photo above, it's obvious this is one group of siblings that's way too perfect to ever have been real. I mean, even the little gentleman in the front knows how to pull off a three-piece suit. Real or not, they still deserve an introduction, so here's a breakdown of who's who in the Bridgerton family.

  • Anthony, the oldest, is the focus of Quinn's second novel, The Viscount Who Loved Me. When we meet him in 1813, he's a 29-year-old bachelor with little interest in marriage... or is he?
  • There's Benedict, (27 in 1813) the romantic hero in Book 3 An Offer from a Gentleman. He's a sensitive type of romantic who is looking for meaning outside of society life.
  • The third eldest is Colin (22 in 1813), the dazzling charmer featured in Book 4, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.
  • Fourth in the Bridgerton family line is Daphne, and after her comes the heroine of Book 5, Eloise (16 in 1813), a young woman who is frustrated by society's expectations.
  • Francesca comes next (15 in 1813), and is the focus of Book 6. An article on Shondaland described her as "the most mysterious Bridgerton sibling," so look for her to get up to no good in future seasons.
  • Finally, there's Gregory (Book 8), who is 12 when we meet him in Bridgerton, and Hyacinth (Book 7), 11.
  • And, at the head of the family is Lady Violet Bridgerton, the matriarch of the family who became a widow years before Bridgerton begins.

Poor Simon, he won't just be courting Daphne, but an entire basketball team!

Bridgerton premieres on Netflix on Christmas day.

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