There is a gigantic canvas for a historical novelist to choose from. Multi-published author, Rosemary Morris has set her novels in the reign of Charles II’s niece, Queen Anne Stuart, who reigned from 1702 to 1714, and the ever popular Regency era. She has also written a mediaeval novel set in in the reign of Edward II.
Rosemary Morris chose those periods because each of them affected the course of history. If the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession, and The Duke of Wellington had not defeated Napoleon at The Battle of Waterloo, the history of Britain and that of Europe would be different. Defeat would also have had far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. If Edward II had won the Battle of Bannockburn, it is feasible that Edward II would have conquered Scotland and, perhaps, as it is claimed, he would not have been murdered.
The more Rosemary Morris reads about her chosen eras the more fascinated she becomes, and the more aware of the gulf between the past and present. Rosemary believes those who lived in the past shared the same emotions as we do, but their attitudes and way of life were in many ways very different to ours. One of the most striking examples is the social position of women and children in in bygone ages.
Rosemary Morris presents characters, who are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st century people.
Research of Rosemary’s chosen eras sparks her imagination. The seeds of her novels are sown, and from them sprout the characters and events which will shape their lives.
Rosemary Morris was born in Sidcup Kent. As a child, when she was not making up stories, her head was ‘always in a book.’
While working in a travel agency, Rosemary met her Hindu husband. He encouraged her to continue her education at Westminster College. In 1961 Rosemary and her husband, now a barrister, moved to his birthplace, Kenya, where she lived from 1961 until 1982. After an attempted coup d’état, she and four of her children lived in an ashram in France.
Back in England, Rosemary wrote historical fiction and joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Historical Novel Society and Watford Writers and on line groups.
Apart from writing, Rosemary enjoys classical Indian literature, reading, visiting places of historical interest, vegetarian cooking, growing organic fruit, herbs and vegetables and creative crafts.
Her bookshelves are so crammed with historical non-fiction, which she uses to research her novels, that if she buys a new book she has to consider getting rid of one.
Time spent with her five children and their families, most of whom live near her, is precious.
The second editions of Rosemary Morris’s historical novels and her new historical novels will be published by Books We Love.