Happy Monday friends! I’m very excited to welcome back Victoria Kincaid to Austenesque Reviews today! I just read and ADORED one of her releases from last year – The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy (which is now available in Audible audiobook format! 🙌🏼) And I am super excited to see that her newest release – Darcy and Deception – again involves some danger and espionage! Today Victoria shares a bit about the Prince Regent’s role in her novel Darcy and Deception. We hope you enjoy!
Hello Meredith and thank you for welcoming me to your blog! In the process of conducting research into Brighton for Darcy and Deception I found that the Prince Regent’s presence loomed large over the town during the Regency era. In fact, the prince’s patronage made Brighton fashionable and helped it grow popular as a resort town.
He first visited Brighton in 1783 at the age of 21, enjoying the town’s entertainments. His doctor also recommended sea water as a treatment for his gout. Eventually he purchased a property and expanded the existing house through two impressive renovation projects to create the Royal Pavilion. His mistress, Maria Fitzherbert, owned a house in Brighton, not far from the prince’s residence.
His extravagance during the Regency time period was legendary. He spent days riding, promenading and sea-dipping, and whiled away his nights eating, drinking, and partying. His drinking and banqueting took a toll on his health. By 1797 he weighted 245 pounds (111 kg), and in his later years he suffered from arteriosclerosis, peripheral edema (“dropsy”), episodes of breathlessness, and possibly porphyria. Below is a lithograph of the prince’s profile, which certainly suggests he was on the portly side. Perhaps his doctors should have recommended a healthier diet rather than sea-bathing. 😊