Today it is my pleasure to welcome as a guest blogger my friend and fellow author Teresa Grant, whose new novel, The Berkeley Square Affair, was released yesterday. Congratulations, Teresa, and welcome to Versailles and More!
After five years, three books, and two novellas of adventures on the Continent (in Lisbon, Vienna, Brussels during Waterloo, and post-Waterloo Paris) my new release brings Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch to England. But the Continent and France in particular still hang over their lives and the plot of the book, The world of the British beau monde, to which the husband and wife spy team have removed after their adventures on the Continent, has long standing links across the channel. Aristocrats of Malcolm’s parents’ generation, such as the real life Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (below) and the duchess’s sister Lady Bessborough and her husband spent a great deal of time in Paris before the French Revolution and in the early days of he Revolution the duchess went to France to give birth in secret to her child by Charles Grey.
Young aristocrats fresh from Oxford and Cambridge made the Grand Tour and brought back works of art to fill their houses. The British flocked to Paris again during the brief Peace of Amiens in 1802. When hostilities with Napoleon’s government broke out again, such as novelist Fanny Burney (more…)