The Lost Love of a Soldier
·Young, naïve and innocent, Lady Ellen Pembroke falls for a young army officer. Captain Paul Harding, finds his attention captured by the beautiful young…
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Ellen and Paul, while the army traveled would have shared a small tent among Paul's men, but at one point I describe the Lieutenant Colonels tent, which would have been more like a small marque, the senior officers had tables carried in the baggage carts to dine at, and beds that would be made up for them, and chairs and tables, and pretty much anything they might want. They did not live badly. This nursery room at Kingston Lacy is decorated in the theme of a tent.
I found an account by the Duchess of Richmond's daughter of the ball where Wellington learned Napoleon had attacked. It was not like this picture. It was in a converted crowded coach house and in Lost Love I’ve used the myth Wellington was told during the dancing, but he was informed during the pre-ball dinner. People then danced while Wellington met with his generals and over a map deciding what to do. She does say-the Highlanders danced jigs and an ivy print decorated the walls.
Years ago I went to the site where World War 1 was fought in France, I have not been to the sight of Waterloo, but it was really poignant, and moving, standing on the ground where hundreds of men died. I did draw on those thoughts to write The Lost Love of a Solider, and did a lot of research on the battle of Waterloo and the part that Paul's regiment the 52nd (Oxfordshire) regiment of foot played.
The old forge is now the museum, if you look you can see from the tiles on the roof where it had been extended from what would have been a single room wide single story building. there were rooms at one end and the forge at the other, and visitors would have approached on the other side.
One of the things that stood out for me in this drawing is the isolation of the blacksmith's the only reason this became the place to marry was because it was the first place people reached once they had come over the border, and so the blacksmith saw a chance for a profit. Now though the area is more built up.
In 1754 England introduced a law that said all marriages must be in public, and couples must have the permission of their parents in order to marry if they were under 21. Again Scotland continued with the old marriage laws. So here began the mad dashes to the Scottish Border for couples with one partner under 21 who did no have a parent's consent. Once they were over the border they merely had to have witness to heat them say their vows and they were wed, and English Law recognized it.
When I began writing The Lost Love of a Soldier, I looked for something that would tell me what a real experience of elopement was and found nothing. So last summer my husband and I climbed in the car and set off for Gretna Green. :D I had no idea what we would find there, well we found a fabulous museum. A single marriage law applied across Britain until 1604 and then the laws in England began to change, but the law did not change in Scotland.