…that the Empress Josephine influenced the popularity of rose cultivation in the late Georgian era?
Napoleon’s beloved first wife assembled the largest number of varieties of roses every assembled in a single place. She also fostered the breeding of new types. Throughout the entire Georgian period including the Regency, rose growing was a passion.
Roses in that period and before were generally grown on shrubby sorts of bushes, some of them six or more feet tall. During the summer blooming period the blooms could be abundant. They were only occasionally of the heritage, single flower variety, similar to the Tudor rose. More often the roses grown were of the lush multifloria types such as the damask rose. Cross breeding was a passion. There were twenty-one species of rose in England in 1660. By 1838 there were over 500!
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About my work in progress
I began looking at roses for my work in progress, a novella called “The Sixth Henry,” to be included in A Duke in Winter, which can be pre-ordered now for a December release. Henry Bradley inherits his title unexpectedly. As Duke of Roseleigh responsibilities weigh him down. It isn’t help that all his dependents seem obsessed with insuring that Roseleigh win the annual York Rose Competition in the summer. Roses? Please. He has sheep to shelter, tenants to care for, an aunt to soothe, a sister to manage…
About A Duke in Winter
“It was a dark and snowy night…”
Winter has come and the holiday seasons have arrived. ‘Tis the season to be jolly for most, but beneath the joyous celebrations lurks moody, dark, and seductive dukes that make England’s most famous bard’s brooding lords look like charm boys. But this isn’t a tortured Danish prince or a tormented king with three conniving daughters. This is…
A Duke In Winter.
Ten of your favorite historical romance authors have come together for this wintery collection to set your pulse racing. Melt the snow a little with this collection of sexy tales of moody dukes and the women hot enough to warm them.
Indulge in the most unexpected of winter romantic tales!
This set includes USA Today and Bestselling authors:
Anna St. Claire
Elizabeth Ellen Carter
Ruth A. Casie