Flora Maguire returns to Cheltenham in the second book in the series. It is summer of 1902 and the country is celebrating the coronation of a new king.
When Queen Victoria died on January 22, 1901, after nearly 64 years as Queen, her son, Albert Edward assumed the throne as Edward VII at the age of 59. His was the longest service as Prince of Wales in history, only surpassed by Prince Charles on April 22, 2011.
Victoria and her son had a difficult relationship, with different approaches to both duty and life. 'Bertie' as he was known was the first royal heir to attend university, studying Chemical Engineering at Cambridge.
Prince Albert died of typhoid handling one of Edward’s first scandals, and Victoria blamed Bertie for his death and said of Edward : “I never can or shall look at him without a shudder.”
Bertie fulfilled most of the widowed queen’s ceremonial duties, although he was forbidden from seeing State Papers. His coronation was planned for June 26, 1902, a year aft…
In my fourth Edwardian Cosy Mystery, my heroine Flora, is taken ballooning by her father who introduces her to a fascinating young man who lived a fast and adventurous life which was to be cut short tragically soon. Charles Stewart Rolls was an archetypal upper class young man whose name most people have heard of but about whom we know very little, and yet his name graces the radiators of some of the most exclusive cars in the world.
Born in 1877, the Hon Charles Stewart Rolls was an impressive 6ft 5ins tall, handsome and
from a wealthy family, the third son of John Allan Rolls, 1st Baron Llangattock, an Army
officer, Justice of the Peace and High Sheriff of Monmouthshire. Their country
home was The Hendre, [Welsh for Winter Dwelling or main house] near Monmouth. His eldest brother, John Maclean Rolls was
destined to be the 2nd Baron Llangattock but died of wounds received at the
Battle of the Somme in 1916. The second son, Henry Allen Rolls, was a
Lieutenant in the Royal Monmouthshire R…
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