Rosemary Morris Historical Novelist
There is a gigantic canvas for a historical novelist to choose from.
My romantic novels, rich in period detail, are set in the ever- popular Regency era, the reign of Charles II’s niece, Queen Anne Stuart, who reigned from 1702 to 1714, and in Edward II’s era.
I chose these periods because each one affected the course of history. If the Duke of Marlborough had not won The War of Spanish Succession, and Napoleon had defeated The Duke of Wellington at The Battle of Waterloo, the history of Britain and Europe would be different. Defeat would also have had far-reaching consequences for the rest of the world. If Edward II had triumphed at the Battle of Bannockburn, it is feasible that he would have conquered Scotland and, perhaps, as it is claimed, he would not have been murdered.
The more I read about my chosen eras the more fascinated I become, and the more aware of the gulf between the past and present. 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 was the social position of women and children in in bygone ages.
My characters are of their time, not men, women and children dressed in costume who behave like 21st century people. Yet my protagonists are confronted with problems common today. For example, a traumatised soldier suffering from posttraumatic stress syndrome before the condition was diagnose, a penniless widow coming to terms with her tragic past, and a girl desperate to find out who her parents are.
Research sparks my imagination. The seeds of my novels are sown, and from them sprout the events, plots and themes which shape the characters’ lives.
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Early 18th Century novels: Tangled Love, Far Beyond Rubies, The Captain and The Countess
Loosely connected standalone Regency novels False Pretences. Sunday’s Child, Monday’s Child, Tuesday’s Child, Wednesday’s Child and Thursday’s Child, Friday’s Child, Saturday’s Child
Mediaeval Novel Yvonne Lady of Cassio. The Lovages of Cassio Book One. Book Two will be published in August, 2021.
The books are available from, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Good Reads, Kobo, Smash Words, Wallmart and other online retailers.
To read the first three chapters of my novels please visit www.rosemarymorris.co.uk