An immense amount of research went into writing A Countess Most Daring, so this month, exactly 200 years from the date of events, I’m going to take this month’s #TBT posts to talk about what was happening in Naples in June 1815.
Why not begin with Napoleon?
Things were not looking good for Nappie. He had already been defeated once in 1814. Defeated. In March 1815, he escaped from Elba ready to make a comeback. (Hence the reason he’s kidnapping noblemen like the Earl of Stryden in April 1815.) The best way to look at the Napoleonic Wars is to imagine every country in Europe plus the U.S. plus Russia is fighting at one time or another in a string of wars known as coalitions between 1803 and 1815. It is a huge mess of conflict. And Nappie (remember, already defeated once) comes riding back into it in 1815 like he’s going to make a triumph this time.
What does he actually get?
Waterloo on 18 June 1815 and a sound thrashing from the Duke of Wellington.