Hello all! Amanda Mariel here talking about clandestine matches of the Regency and eBook sales 🙂
I purchased a new Regency research book last month and have been devouring it since it arrived last week. Yesterday, I was reading the section on romance, courtship, and marriage. While I find it all fascinating, the bit about Gretna Green captivated me. Some of the information was nothing new, but some of it was enlightening and I gathered several fun facts as well as gained some plot inspiration for future books. The book is titled The Regency Companion and is written by Sharon Laudermilk and Teresa L Hamlin.
One of the stories it recounts is of the Earl of Westmorland and his dashed wedding with Miss Child. The pair eloped to Gretna Green with Miss Child’s father hot on their trail. In a last attempt to secure his bride, the earl shot her fathers leading horse as they neared the Scottish boarder. Poor horse!! But in the end the couple made it to the boarder and Miss Child became the Countess of Westmorland 🙂
So what started all of the Gretna Green madness and how many desperate couples ran off to get married there?
Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act of 1753 made it nearly impossible for couples in love to marry fast, and absolutely impossible for a minor (under 21) to marry without parental consent. The only loop holes were a special licenses, in which case both had to be of majority age, or Scotland where the law did not apply.
According to Robert Elliot’s The Gretna Green Memoirs he married 7,774 couples between 1811-1839, and he was but one of the “blacksmiths” conducting these rush ceremonies!
Perhaps the most interesting thing I learned from this section of the book was about forced weddings with unwilling brides. Yes, that happened! A young heiress taken to Gretna Green against her will would be made to pay the “parson” and even hire the horses for the last stage of the trip by her abductor. By doing so, she was prevented from later escaping the marriage by saying she was forced. It also prevented anyone else from objecting because it showed her willingness and would stand up in court to prevent an annulment/divorce.
If you are interested in learning more about the Regency era, I highly recommend The Regency Companion. It is a wealth of information 🙂
Now onto the sales!!
I have two of my books on sale for 99 cents right now. Scandalous Redemption, a steamy Victorian novella, and Enchanted by the Earl, a clean Regency novella inspired by Little Red Riding hood. I also have a new box set Once A Lady Goes Rogue that is 99 cents for a limited time. Check them out and grab your copies today!!
Once a lady goes rogue–nothing else will do.
Hunting for a Lady’s Heart: Fairfield Fairytales by Tammy Andresen Lord William Fairfield must be dreaming. Why else would a beautiful raven haired woman approach him in the forest? Lady Eirwen White has no choice, to stay with her step mother would surely mean death. But can this man save her from what awaits at Castle White and would she really want him to risk his life for her?
A Sanguine Gem by Dawn Brower Lady Gemma Kemsley confessed her love to Liam Marsden and he walked away. Now, years later, she doubts Liam could love her. Can she trust this newfound love?
Scandalous Wallflower by Amanda Mariel Two people brought together through an unwanted circumstance discover something neither one believed they’d ever have. Can they let go of their old hurts and beliefs long enough to embrace the gift fate bestowed upon them?
Any Duke Will Do by Meara Platt Millicent Harkness is in desperate need of a duke to fulfill her dream of admission to the Midsummer Art Fair. Brandon Avebury, Duke of Melbourne, is just the one she needs. But in gaining her dream, will she lose her heart to this handsome duke.
Wicked Designs by Lauren Smith A feisty debutante is kidnapped by a duke and his band of friends for revenge, but the duke gets more than be bargained for when he falls head over heels for his intelligent and enchanting captive.
She never wanted him…
Ruined by scandal, Claudia Akford survived years of marriage to a cruel brute. Widowed, she is determined to regain her standing in society, but Lord Shillington personifies temptation. Kind and gentle, yet masculine and sinfully handsome, he would make the perfect lover, but he wants more than she is willing to give.
He needed her…
While Henry Shillington knows a little of the beautiful but notorious Lady Claudia Akford, he is struck by her kindhearted, accomplished, and witty demeanor. The more time he spends in her company, the more he dreams of a future with her. But the lady resists his honorable overtures, and a mistress will never do for him.
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?
Will Rose and Hunter overcome their differences and embrace true love?
Rose Woodcourt, a poor seamstress, is too proud to accept help, even when her home and freedom are threatened by the nefarious Mr. Wolfe. Especially not from Hunter Thorne, a titled gentleman far above her station. Earls only court common misses for one reason, and Rose has no interest in being a wealthy man’s mistress–however handsome and charming he may be.
Hunter is an honorable man; he refuses to turn his back on the spirited beauty regardless of how hard she pushes him away. As Mr. Wolfe’s threats evolve into actions Rose has little choice but to turn to Hunter.
Can the pair put an end to Wolfe’s nefarious deeds before Rose loses everything she holds dear, including her freedom?