Wednesday, 27 January 2021


“I think I make as good a man as my brother.” My brother's breeches--or not quite the thing, 1816. Via British Cartoon Prints Collection (Library of Congress).

Monday, 18 January 2021

The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke

I'm thrilled to announce that The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke, is out now. If you'd like to learn more about the six daughters of the Windsor nunnery, follow the link below to read my guest post at the Pen & Sword blog.

The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke

For nearly 60 years, King George III reigned over a tumultuous kingdom. His health and realm were in turmoil, whilst family life held challenges of its own. From the corpulent Prinny and the Grand Old Duke of York, to a king who battled the Lords and the disciplinarian Duke of Kent, this is the story of the elder sons of George III.

Born over the course of half a decade of upheaval, George, Frederick, William, and Edward defined an era. Their scandals intrigued the nation and their efforts to build lives away from the shadow of their impossibly pious parents led them down diverse paths. Whether devoting their lives to the military or to pleasure, every moment was captured in the full glare of the spotlight.

The sons of George III were prepared from infancy to take their place on the world’s stage, but as the king’s health failed and the country lurched from one drama to the next, they found that duty was easier said than done. With scandalous romances, illegal marriages, rumours of corruption and even the odd kidnapping plot, their lives were as breathless as they were dramatic. In The Elder Sons of George III: Kings, Princes, and a Grand Old Duke, travel from Great Britain to America and on to Hanover in the company of princes who were sometimes scandalous, sometimes sensational, but never, ever dull.

Wednesday, 13 January 2021


This “cake” (a naive young fellow) is so busy being charmed by his lady friends, that he hasn’t noticed they’re picking his pocket! A Cake in Danger by Rowlandson, 1806. Via the Royal Collection.

Monday, 4 January 2021

Bridgerton: The True Story of Lady Whistledown

If you've been enjoying Netflix's brand new regency drama Bridgerton over Christmas, then you'll already be familiar with Lady Whistledown and the scandal sheets that kept the gossipy wheels of Georgian Britain turning. I'm delighted to be featured by Town & Country to lift the lid on the real Lady W, and the true story of some very scandalous newspapers indeed!

Click here to read more!