Highlighting Historical Romance with Alanna Lucas on Ancient Rome
When the Marquess Returns is a Regency adaptation of the legend of Romulus and Remus. I’ve always had a fascination with Rome—it’s one of my favorite cities—and I was quite familiar with the tale of how twins, who were set upon the Tiber River and discovered by a she-wolf, became the founders of Rome. But what I didn’t know was that, along with the she-wolf, a woodpecker fed them until they were found.
There are several variations of the legend, including who their father actually was, and the circumstances surrounding Remus’s death. For the purpose of my story, I followed the most well-known version, adding my own twists, and, of course, a Happily Ever After.
In Roman mythology Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were the sons of Rhea Silvia and Mars. According to legend, their story begins even before their conception when Rhea Silvia—the daughter of King Numitor, was forced to become a Vestal Virgin after her uncle, Amulius, overthrew the king.
However, Rhea Silvia soon became pregnant and gave birth to twin sons. Seeing this as a threat, Amulius ordered the infants to be drowned in the Tiber River. The servant charged with the gruesome task took pity on the infants, placing them into a basket onto the Tiber, where they were carried to safety. They were found by a she-wolf, who suckled them until they were discovered by a shepherd and his wife, who raised the boys.
After learning their true identity, Romulus and Remus killed King Amulius, restoring their grandfather to the throne. On April 21, 753 B.C., the twins decided to found a city on the site where they’d been saved as infants. However, they became engaged in a quarrel after which it’s believed that Romulus killed Remus. The city of Rome was name after Romulus.
About the Book: When The Marquess Returns
A Marquess in Waiting and the Cursed Heiress…
The ton is abuzz and mamas are lining up their daughters; identical twins Maximus and Lucius St. Albans are making their entry into society. But they’re not just eligible―they’re the missing grandsons of the Duke of Warrington, stolen as infants.
However, Maximus doesn’t relish the battle with his cocky, reprobate brother to be the next Marquess. And he has no time for the simpering misses now vying for his attention. Only Miss Sabina Teverton has his interest.
She was resigned to life as a spinster but from the moment Sabina meets Lord Maximus, her heart is torn. She dreams of a match with him―but how can that be when she’s been branded as cursed…and she knows secrets of that night long ago when Maximus and his twin were snatched from their cradles?
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About the Author
Alanna Lucas grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, and spending time with family.
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