Catherine Curzon is a royal historian who has been published on matters as diverse as Napoleon’s politics, Marie Antoinette’s teeth and George IV’s diet. Her work has been featured on HistoryExtra.com, the official website of BBC History Magazine and in publications such as Explore History, All About History, History of Royals and Jane Austen’s Regency World. She has provided additional research for An Evening with Jane Austen, starring Adrian Lukis, at the V&A.
Catherine has appeared with An Evening with Jane Austen at the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, the Jane Austen Festival, Bath, and the Stamford Georgian Festival. She has given solo talks at venues and events including the Stamford Georgian Festival, the Jane Austen Festival, Kenwood House, Lichfield Guildhall, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and Dr Johnson’s House.
Catherine holds a Master’s degree in Film and when not dodging the furies of the guillotine, writes fiction set deep in the underbelly of Georgian London and Revolutionary France, whilst her nonfiction books lift the lid on the most shocking tales of 18th century royalty!
Catherine’s Books ~
Life in the Georgian Court
As the glittering Hanoverian court gives birth to the British Georgian era, a golden age of royalty dawns in Europe. Houses rise and fall, births, marriages and scandals change the course of history and in France, Revolution stalks the land.
Peep behind the shutters of the opulent court of the doomed Bourbons, the absolutist powerhouse of Romanov Russia and the epoch-defining family whose kings gave their name to the era, the House of Hanover.
Behind the pomp and ceremony were men and women born into worlds of immense privilege, yet beneath the powdered wigs and robes of state were real people living lives of romance, tragedy, intrigue and eccentricity. Take a journey into the private lives of very public figures and learn of arranged marriages that turned to love or hate and scandals that rocked polite society.
Here the former wife of a king spends three decades in lonely captivity, Prinny makes scandalous eyes at the toast of the London stage and Marie Antoinette begins her last, terrible journey through Paris as her son sits alone in a forgotten prison cell.
Life in the Georgian Court is a privileged peek into the glamorous, tragic and iconic courts of the Georgian world, where even a king could take nothing for granted.
Kings of 18th Century Britain
For over a century of turmoil, upheaval and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land.
From the day the German-speaking George I stepped off the boat from Hanover, to the night that George IV, bloated and diseased, breathed his last at Windsor, the four kings had presided over a changing nation.
Kings of Georgian Britain offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. As their very different lives will show, being a king isn’t always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father’s footsteps can be the hardest job around.
Take a step back in time and meet the wives, mistresses, friends and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors. Whether dodging assassins, marrying for money, digging up their ancestors or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, the Georgian kings of Great Britain were never short on drama.
The Crown Spire
Alice Ingram escapes her brutish husband and leaves a glittering life in London far behind. With her niece at her side she flees north, determined to save the girl from the fate she has endured but after an encounter with two mysterious highwaymen, life for the women will never be the same again…
Devoted to his daughter and resigned to a life of loneliness, James Dillingham has built a reputation as the finest physician in the land and a man for whom romance is a notion best avoided. He leaves all that to his best friend, who is just the sort of rogue to catch a girl’s adventurous eye…
By day Alice finds herself ever more at odds with the straight-laced doctor who becomes her neighbour whilst by night, moonlit escapades with a masked highwayman lead her into a life of excitement in the shadow of the Crown Spire. Yet with her husband in relentless pursuit, are some shackles too strong to break?
The Star of Versailles
As the Reign of Terror tears Paris apart, a dandy and a spy are thrown together on a desperate race through France.
In the darkest days of the Reign of Terror, rumors grow of the Star of Versailles, the most exquisite treasure ever owned by the doomed Marie Antoinette. For Vincent Tessier, the notorious Butcher of Orléans, this potent symbol of the ancien régime has become an obsession and he’ll stop at nothing to possess it.
When Alexandre Gaudet arrives in France to find his missing sister and nephew, the last thing he expects is to fall into Tessier’s hands. With Gaudet tortured and left for dead, salvation stumbles accidentally, if rather decorously, into his path.
For Viscount William Knowles, life as a spy isn’t the escape he had hoped for. Yet a long-held secret won’t let him rest, and the fires of Revolution seem like the easiest way to hide from a past that torments him at every turn.
Adrift in a world where love, family and honor are currencies to be traded, the world-weary Viscount Knowles and the scandalous Monsieur Gaudet have no choice but to try to get along if they want to survive. With Tessier in pursuit, they search for the clues that will lead them to the greatest treasure in revolutionary France—the Star of Versailles.
The Mistress of Blackstairs
In the winter of 1784 the most illustrious men in London seek their discrete pleasures at Blackstairs, the Covent Garden brothel presided over by the mysterious Madam Moineau, her beauty concealed beneath masks and veils.
Few know that the enigmatic French madam was once Georgina Radcliffe, teenage bride of the mercurial Viscount Edmund Polmear who left her for dead in a Parisian townhouse, her face slashed beyond recognition and an inferno raging.
Now Polmear’s unpunished crimes come back to haunt him in the ragged shape of orphan streetgirl Molly Peel and charming gambler Anthony Lake, hellbent on revenge against the viscount.
After nearly a decade behind masks, Georgie will learn that she must face the demons of her past in order to be free.