Book: A Pledge of Better Times by Margaret Evans Portercategories: Book, Biographical Fiction, 17th Century England, Royalty, William and Mary, Aristocracy, The Glorious Revolution, Queen Mary II, Diana De Vere, Earl of Oxford, Charles II, Nell Gwyn, Historical Fiction
Margaret Evans Porterabout this book: A king's bastard son.
A disgraced earl's daughter.
A doomed queen.
A Pledge of Better Times, my 12th full-length work of historical fiction, is my first historical biographical novel. Practically every character in the book was a real person who existed during the late 17th century in England.
Is the expression "May you live in interesting times" a curse or a blessing? Both, from a novelist's perspective. My characters lived in extremely interesting times. Religious and political strife, executions—or fear of them—warfare, power plays, intrigue, amorality, and so much more.
When plotting their story, I often discovered that my protagonists--Charles, the 1st Duke of St. Albans and Lady Diana de Vere--were were present at significant events. I was equally fortunate when the factual record was murky, enabling me to use my imagination to its fullest. Art research and art sleuthing was important to my writing process. These people really lived, fought, and loved, and were notable enough in their day that they were painted—often. The real Lady Diana appears on the book's cover!
I invite readers to enter a world in which men and women vie for ascendancy, battling the restrictions imposed by their society, and striving to find their rightful place in it.
• "Brimming with vivid historical figures and events . . . rigorously researched and faithfully portrayed." — Publishers Weekly
• "A true delight for fans of monarchy. . . Porter does a sensational job portraying the time period . . . the relationship between Charles and Diana is complex and interesting." — The Examiner
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