I thought I’d give you a little update on my writing progress and my plans for the Georgian series as it takes shape. I’ve been working on my novel of George IV,  A Forbidden Crown, for some time now. It’s come to the stage where I’ve decided it needs to be put aside for a few months to give me a fresh perspective. Ultimately, I think I will be splitting it into two separate novels: one telling the story of Maria Fitzherbert, the other following Caroline of Brunswick and Charlotte of Wales. This will give me adequate space to do these fascinating women justice and also give the novels a better pace. The problem with history is that it rarely follows the arcs you need for novel, especially when you are combining timelines! I still fully intend to write about George IV’s women so don’t panic – it just might be a little longer in coming.

In the meantime, I’m going to concern myself with Caroline of Ansbach and Henrietta Howard. These two women have swamped my imagination for so long now, I simply have to let them free on the page. I’m attending many talks and day trips with Historical Royal Palaces this year, most of which revolve around the court of George II. Coupled with that, I will be appearing on PBS this summer talking about Queen Caroline and her family at Hampton Court. It just seems so silly to put off this book when it’s what my heart wants to write. The story has everything: friendship, seduction, rivalry, women’s struggles in a man’s world, impossible husbands, damaged parent/child relationships . . . I’m still furiously thinking up a title – I’ll let you know when I have it.

I will soon be blogging about my visit to Henrietta’s house Marble Hill so keep your eyes peeled for more information about this truly remarkable lady. That reminds me: I also want to look into my family history. My mother was a Howard from Norfolk, just like Henrietta’s husband. I’d love it if I could find a link, however tenuous!



5 Comments on Update for the Georgian Series

  1. Christine Crawford (Australia)
    02/05/2013 at 2:31 am (4 years ago)

    I am delighted that you are going to write about Caroline of Brunswick and Charlotte of Wales. My ancestor taught the pianoforte to Caroline (Princess of Wales) and it turns out my husband’s ancestor was the Lord of the Bedchamber in the same era! So while we have no genetic link, we certainly have an interest. I am coming to London next month – cannot wait! Happy to meet up for a coffee if you are interested. Christine

    • lauradpurcell
      08/05/2013 at 6:32 am (4 years ago)

      Your ancestors must have seen so much! I’m sure they would be able to provide us with great gossip :)

  2. Sophia
    27/05/2013 at 3:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Hi Laura! I just read God Save The King and I must say that I had a very hard time to put the book down. I look forward to the other books, especially Daughter of England :D. When I read God Save The King I got attached to the six princesses (especially to Royal, Sophy and Amelia). Will they feature in more of your books? Also, will there be anything from Prinny’s POV? Anyway, I want to thank you so much for writing novels about the Georgians and not the Tudors. Georgians are WAY more interesting in my opinion.

    • lauradpurcell
      28/05/2013 at 7:59 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Sophia, thanks so much for your lovely comments! I’m thrilled you like the Princesses, they will certainly crop up in other novels. I’d love to write a whole book about Amelia at some point. Since I’ve divided my Prinny stories into two books, A Forbidden Crown will now feature his point of view. Having fun writing as him, it also stops him appearing as a two dimensional bad husband. Thanks again for reading.

  3. Sophia
    28/05/2013 at 12:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh, I really hope you do! I have searched after a good novel about her, but to no use and that surprises me a lot as her story is quite perfect for a novel. It has it all forbidden love, drama and passion etc. I look forward to your future novels and I have really high expectations since the first one was so good.