Thursday, 25 August 2022

The Real Queen Charlotte: Inside the Real Bridgerton Court

I'm thrilled to report that my new book, The Real Queen Charlotte: Inside the Real Bridgerton Court, is out now from Pen & Sword Books. It's available from this link, or your favourite bookshop!

Known to millions as the imperious matriarch of Bridgerton’s court, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was still a teenager when she was chosen to be the bride of King George III. Shy, innocent, and sheltered, the orphaned princess and her youthful groom carried the hopes of a nation on their shoulders.

The placid and unassuming young couple symbolised a new beginning, but soon those hopes began to sour. Charlotte and George’s marriage lasted for nearly 60 years and produced more than a dozen children, but it was beset by unrest at home, war in the colonies, and the king’s encroaching madness.

As the royal couple battled against their critics, their political opponents, and sometimes even their own family, Charlotte learned what it really meant to be queen. Locked in a bitter struggle with her eldest son for the king’s future and with her daughters for their freedom, the timid young girl grew into an insular and domineering woman that few dared to cross.

Shouldering the burden of family disputes, ambitious courtiers, and the care of the man she adored, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz presided over one of the most tumultuous eras that the monarchy has ever seen. As tragic as it was glittering, this is the story of her extraordinary life.


Monday, 13 June 2022

Vanity Fair Article

I’m absolutely thrilled to have been featured in Vanity Fair’s recent article, A Brief History of Royals in Disgrace. To read the full article, visit the link below... I couldn’t be more chuffed!

Vanity Fair: A Brief History of Royals in Disgrace

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Fatal Fashion


A lady discovers that fashion can be deadly... literally. “A cutting wind or the fatal effects of tight-lacing”, c.1820, courtesy of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

The Bum-Bailiff


The Bum-Bailiff is outwitted by a canny lady who abandons her scaffolded frock to make good her escape! #GloriousGeorgians of 1786 via the British Museum.

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