Readers read historical romance for rare glimpses into the past. For the FANtastical indulgence of magnificent manor houses, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightley, budding love, and to escape the mundane. Writers write historical romance to experience adventure, weave stories within a fascinating time period, and bring the past to life. And oh! when historical fact and fiction collide, magic happens. Huzzah!!!
As a historical romance author, I love adding historical information to my stories. The right amount of history and the perfect historical tidbit gives a book three-dimensional qualities. In my Nelson’s Tea Series, research on Admiral Nelson led to a multitude of historical inclusions: the Admiralty’s order to protect England’s shores in 1801, Baroness Chauncey’s attempt to save Nelson’s life at Covent Garden, the Trafalgar Dispatch and Lapenotiere’s 37 hour ride, poetry spawned from Nelson’s death, and the fascinating 16 day trial of Lord Melville, which inspired my third book in the Nelson’s Tea Series, The Rogue’s Surrender.
In my new Regent’s Revenge Series, I spent a lot of time researching Exeter, England. What better way to discover how people lived than reading historical documents, journals, and newpapers? Sometimes fact is more stranger than fiction!
Newspapers are a great source of information on daily life and the mores of the times. In my case, weekly newspapers Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post (1800-1900), the Exeter Gazette (1827-1999), Sherborne Mercury (1748-1867), and the Western Times provided a refreshing addition to my series.
Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post evolved from Trewman’s Exeter Mercury or West Country Advertiser of 1763, and was run by Robert Trewman until his death in 1802. His widow and son, Robert, and grandson, Robert James Trewman, continued the newspaper until it was sold to James Bellerby. A weekly paper, Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post was the oldest and most widely circulated conservative newspaper west of England, truly the first of its kind. It was also firmly established at 225/226 High Street throughout the 19th Century, “an address that would become synonymous with newspaper publishing in Exeter. Its rivalry with Thomas Latimer‘s Western Times, published from Fore Street would galvanize public opinion for reform and better conditions, throughout Victoria’s reign.”
Trewman’s Exeter Evening-Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser
(Produced between 28th April 1769 and the 21st December 1770.) ~ 86 issues.
Trewman’s Exeter Flying-Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser
(Produced between 28th December 1770 and the 10th August 1848.) ~ 3933 issues.
Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Wilts and Gloucester Advertiser
(Produced between 17th August 1848 and the 13th April 1887.) ~ 1915 issues.
Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post – incorporated with the Evening Post
(Produced between 16th April 1887 and the 6th June 1902.) ~ 4650 issues.
Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post
(Produced between 7th June 1902 and the last issue on 21st April 1917.) ~ 776 issues.
After the last issue was printed, the plant and machinery were auctioned on the 25th April and the office files and records purchased by the Exeter City Library. ~ Source: Exeter Memories
*Pictured issue 2510 for Thursday 14th October 1814. Printed and published by R. and M. Trewman, nearly opposite St Martin’s lane, High street.
*Pictured issue 11,657 for the 21st April 1917, this being the last Exeter Flying Post produced. The front page is covered with notices and adverts apart from the right hand column which covers war news.
What better way to introduce chapters of The Pirate’s Duchess than present fictional clippings from Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, describing the Black Regent’s activities and the reactions of revenue men chasing my successful, fictional Robin Hood-inspired pirate along the Devon and Cornish coast, eh?
This is the lead-in to Chapter One of The Pirate’s Duchess!
SMUGGLING! If ever there was a need to TERMINATE this ill-timed enterprise, Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post insists the BLACK REGENT and his intolerable crew occasion the greatest enthusiasm and the hopes of mortals! Let it be known, ANYONE caught AIDING the cunning villain will be held LIABLE for damages and sent to ROUGEMONT.
~ Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post, 1 February 1807
In order to write these magnificently over-the-top newspaper snippets, I had to read through the old newspaper clippings to get an understanding of the melodramatic methods these newspapers employed. History proves very interesting indeed!
In The Pirate’s Duchess, one of eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell Regencies in the Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss box set, Lady Osgood frequently supplies Trewman’s Exeter Flying Post with delicious gossip. In her eyes, it’s a calling to watch over the good people of Exeter and a proper way for a society maven to entertain the masses.
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AFTER FOREVER by JULIE JOHNSTONE, USA Today bestselling author. Lady Julia is hired to turn a rogue into a gentleman and receives lessons in love and desire.
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STOLEN KISSES FROM THE VISCOUNT by ALANNA LUCAS, National bestselling author. A rake, an heiress, and stolen kisses…this seduction could be his last.
TEMPTED BY A ROGUE by LAUREN SMITH, National bestselling, Award-winning author. Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.
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