A Touch of Emerald by Regina Jeffers
I would like to welcome Regina Jeffers to my blog today. Her recent release has it all, history, romance, adventure, and mystery. She is sharing some of the fascinating research she did while writing this series.
Published & Release Date: Regency Solutions, August 22, 2015
Time and setting: 1829, London, England
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Length: 338 pages
A Touch of Emerald: The Conclusion to the Realm Series
(Fiction/Historical; Historical Romance/Mystery/Adventure; Regency)
Four crazy Balochs. A Gypsy band. An Indian maiden. A cave with a maze of passages. A hero, not yet tested. And a missing emerald.
For nearly two decades, the Realm thwarted the efforts of all Shaheed Mir sent their way, but now the Baloch warlord is in England, and the tribal leader means to reclaim the fist-sized emerald he believes one of the Realm stole during their rescue of a girl upon whom Mir turned his men. Mir means to take his revenge on the Realm and the Indian girl’s child, Lady Sonalí Fowler.
Daniel Kerrington, Viscount Worthing, has loved Lady Sonalí since they were but children. Yet, when his father, the Earl of Linworth, objects to Sonalí’s bloodlines, Worthing thinks never to claim her. However, when danger arrives in the form of the Realm’s old enemy, Kerrington ignores all caution for the woman he loves.
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The last year of his reign and the passing of King George IV serves as the backdrop for the last book in my award-winning REALM series, A Touch of Emerald. Those of us who write books situated during the Regency era know something of Prince George and his many excesses and include “Prinny” in our plot lines, but few of us write much of his life during his actual reign. However, to write the conclusion to this series, it was necessary for me to learn more of George IV’s time on the throne. King George IV served as his father’s “Regent” (hence the name “Regency” period) from 1810 to 1820.
“George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738[a] – 29 January 1820) was King of and from 25 October 1760 until on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the until his death. He was concurrently Duke and of in the until his promotion to on 12 October 1814. He was the third British monarch of the , but unlike his two predecessors he was born in Britain, spoke English as his first language, and never visited Hanover.
“His life and reign, which were longer than any other British monarch before him, were marked by a series of military conflicts involving his kingdoms, much of the rest of Europe, and places farther afield in Africa, the Americas and Asia. In the later part of his life, George III had recurrent, and eventually permanent, . Although it has since been suggested that he had the blood disease , the cause of his illness remains unknown. After a final relapse in 1810, a was established, and George III's eldest son, , ruled as . On George III's death, the Prince Regent succeeded his father as George IV.” [Wikipedia]
George IV reigned for a little over ten years (twenty years if one counts his time as Regent). Unlike his father, Prince George had extravagant tastes and was often in debt. The 1772 Royal Marriage Act said that descendants of George II could not marry without the consent of the reigning monarch. However, on 15 December 1785, the then Prince George married the twice-widowed Maria Anne Fitzherbert, who was a practicing Roman Catholic. Although considered a canonically sound marriage by the Catholic church, it was an invalid marriage according to the Royal Marriage Act. The 1701 Act of Settlement would make Prince George’s succession to the throne invalid if the marriage was not considered legitimate. Under the Act of Settlement, anyone who becomes a Roman Catholic or who marries one is disqualified from inheriting the throne.
Even so, George IV sired two children with Mrs. Fitzherbert. Much to his chagrin, George IV was forced to deny his marriage to lady. In return his debts were paid off. Next, a marriage to Caroline of Brunswick was arranged. The pair despised each other, and George IV would not permit his wife to attend his coronation in 1820. He tried upon multiple occasions to have his marriage annulled. Princess Charlotte was their only child. Caroline died in 1821 with claims of being poisoned.
Surprisingly, he did not support Catholic emancipation until 1829 when he joined the Duke of Wellington in the passing of the Catholic Relief Act. In 1822, George IV was the first monarch to visit Scotland since the reign of Charles II in the mid 1600s. Sir Walter Scott convinced King George to wear full Scottish regalia, which led to the revival of wearing the Scottish tartans that had been banned since the days of the Jacobite Rebellion.
George IV’s indulgences led to his being obese and suffering from gout. He was said to be mentally unstable in his later years. He died of a heart attack. Because his daughter Charlotte passed in 1817, George IV was succeeded upon the throne by his brother William IV.
Name: King George IV
Full Name: George Augustus Frederick
Born: August 12, 1762 at St. James Palace
Parents: George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Relation to Elizabeth II: 3rd great-granduncle
House of: Hanover
Ascended to the throne: January 29, 1820 aged 57 years
Crowned: July 19, 1821 at Westminster Abbey
Married: Caroline, daughter of Duke of Brunswick
Children: One daughter,and at least two illegitimate children
Died: June 26, 1830 at Windsor Castle, aged 67 years, 10 months, and 12 days
Buried at: Windsor
Reigned for: 10 years, 4 months, and 26 days
Succeeded by: his brother William IV
[Royal Family History] http://www.britroyals.com/kings.asp?id=george4
Regina Jeffers has worn many hats over her lifetime: daughter, student, military brat, wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, tax preparer, journalist, choreographer, Broadway dancer, theatre director, history buff, grant writer, media literacy consultant, and award-winning author. Living outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, Jeffers writes novels that take the ordinary and adds a bit of mayhem, while mastering tension in her own life with a bit of gardening and the exuberance of her “grand joys.”