Good day to you all!
There are a number of things to mention here today. In April, I was one of the first contributors to the brand-new history magazine, History of Royals, and I was delighted to write a feature on the Romanovs. It was a wonderful experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed researching that imperial family from 1613-1918. There were things relating to the Stuart period that I had not known before, and as usual, it was a joy to learn. This month’s issue of History of Royals includes my article, Brothers in Arms: The extraordinary adventures of Rupert of the Rhine and his steadfast sibling, Prince Maurice. This magazine is available in any quality magazine retailer in the UK and USA. If you are interested in getting the previous two issues, you can still purchase them online from Imagine Publishing.
My latest book, A Year in the Life of Stuart Britain, was released here in the UK on the 15th of May and should be out in the USA on the 29th of June. It’s my first-ever hardback book, and it has been beautifully designed – inside and out – by Amberley Publishing. There are 366 entries – many of which are about a specific day in Stuart history – and often include excerpts from seventeenth-century diaries, journals, laws, letters, plays, and poems. I hope you enjoy the selections I’ve made. There is also a glossary, a timeline, and a select bibliography (if I put in the whole bibliography, it would have taken about 30 pages). There is also a glossy section of images – some of which I have photographed, others which I have been given permission to use. All in all, I think it’s a good addition to the library of any 17th-century aficionado.
Next, I am scheduled to do a panel talk with historical fiction author Nicola Cornick at the upcoming Historical Novel Society Conference in Oxford on Sunday 4th September, 9.30-10.30am. We will be discussing Secret Stuart Marriages: Navigating the Politics of Love in the Stuart Courts. This will be my first such panel and I’m really looking forward to it. If you are interested, check out the Who’s Who section on the official site.
Last, but certainly not least, The Seventeenth Century Lady is expecting a baby! This will come as no surprise to those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook, but I have not yet mentioned it here. We’re halfway through the pregnancy as of today, and things are going well thus far (I was out of action for a few months due to severe morning sickness) and my husband and I are delighted.