Research...gotta love it...NOT!
Why is it that almost all historical romances have Lord this and Countess that? Is it because here in the states, we don't have a royal family, or nobles? I'll admit it, I am guilty of fantasizing about being descended from some royal line (I'm NOT, of course).
That being said, I spent hours upon hours yesterday doing research. The whole peerage thing gives me a headache. So many rules, so many titles.
I miss the days of 8th grade Creative Writing class. Back then, You could simply write things about Duke Whatshisname and Duchess Youknowwho. Not now...oh noooooooo, it must be His Grace, So and So, the Duke of Whatever, or The Honorable Whoever, Earl of Somewhere.
Now, I do realize that you can take a certain creative license, if you will, while writing. But who wants to write a book that a reader takes one look at and says, "Now that is historically inaccurate, Duke Whatever was a flamer who never had kids". UGH. So I did take certain facts, and did take some creative license, and voila, four Advils later, I have characters that I think have believable, if not a bit vague, lineage's.
I'm sure that if an editor gets hold of this one day, I may have serious issues, but I have spent enough time away from revising and I WILL start plugging away again today.
Chapter 9, here I come, armed with a cool lineage, and the arrival of one Thorina Beauclerk , Duchess of St. Albans...poor woman was widowed in 1787 when her 28 year old husband took ill, George Beauclerk, 4th Duke of St Albans.
Sound believable? The only part I made up was Thorina...that particular Duke did actually die at 28, in 1787, unmarried with no children, and the title became extinct (who knew titles were endangered?).