Happy Friday, readers! I’m so very excited to start the weekend with a visit from author Victoria Kincaid, who just released a new Pride and Prejudice variation ten days ago titled – The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy. And it sounds quite like an action-packed adventure for Our Dear Couple! Check out what Victoria learned about being a spy during the Napoleonic Wars and read a teasing excerpt from The Unforgettable Mr. Darcy!
Thank you for having me as a guest, Meredith! When I set about to write an actual spy story set in Napoleonic France, I decided to do some research on real espionage of the era. British and French spies pop up all over Regency romances all the time, and I was curious how accurate these depictions were. To my surprise, I discovered that there’s a shocking dearth of research on the topic. You can find out anything you want to know about the various battles of the Napoleonic wars and what the soldiers wore or shot, but information about actual espionage activities is hard to find.
I did discover one researcher who had written extensively about British espionage, and her research surprised me; the history of British espionage was quite different than I had assumed. There was a lot less cloak and dagger and a lot more suborning of people in authority.