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About M.M. Bennetts
History, poetry, music and horses fairly sums it up.
Educated at Boston University and the University of St. Andrews, M.M. Bennetts is a specialist in early 19th century British history and the Napoleonic wars as well as a keen cross country and dressage rider. Before turning to writing novels full-time, Bennetts was a French translator and a longstanding book critic for the Pulitzer-prize winning newspaper, 'The Christian Science Monitor'.
Both Bennetts' historical novels, 'May 1812' (a Harper-Collins Authonomy Gold Medalist) and 'Of Honest Fame' are based on over twenty years' research and a bibliography of over an hundred and fifty works. Though that's just the reading.
Playing and practicing the music of the age--Beethoven, Field, Schubert--is one of the perks, as has been learning to clean and shoot a flintlock used at Waterloo, (they are so beautiful the guns of 200 years ago!) visiting the battlefields, studying the furniture and homes, eating the food the English soldiers were served in Spain 200 years ago, listening to the family stories of the descendants of Spanish guerrillas who fought alongside Wellington and his men in Spain...they each made me promise I would tell their story. I gave them my word.
So a third novel, 'Or Fear of Peace', set amidst the turmoil of the final drive against Napoleon in Europe, is now underway and scheduled for publication next year.
In the meantime--to keep out of trouble (ha ha)--Bennetts has contributed to and edited 'Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors' a compilation of the best of the English Historical Fiction Authors' historical essays from the first year of their existence.
The author lives in England.
Do follow me on Twitter @mmbennetts or have a look-in at my Facebook page, May 1812. Love to see you there!
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From the first English word to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Read the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England’s castles, customs, and kings.
1812. Europe has been at war for twenty years. Britain stands alone against the greatest threat to peace the world has ever known, at daily risk of a French invasion and revolution. In London, a handful of men struggle to protect their country and maintain the war effort. Among them, the Earl of Myddelton, code-breaker to the Foreign Office, strives to crack the most difficult French code yet—the Grand Chiffre—before still more men die on the battlefields of Europe.
Then, on 11 May 1812, the unthinkable happens—the Prime Minister is assassinated. Amid widespread panic and fear of a French conspiracy, the government falls.
From the ballrooms of London, to the backstreets of power, to the death-in-waiting coast of enemy France, Myddelton is drawn inexorably into the deepening crisis—his private life unravelling all the while, as misunderstandings, gossip and spite mar his marriage and threaten to destroy his career.
A battle of wits against the brutal forces of Napoleon’s tyranny over Europe
On a summer night in 1812, a boy sets fire to a house in Paris before escaping over the rooftops. Carrying vital intelligence about Napoleon’s Russian campaign, he heads for England. But landing in Kent, he is beaten almost to death.
The Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh, is desperate for the boy’s information. He is even more desperate, however, to track down the boy’s assailant – a sadistic French agent who knows far too much about Castlereagh’s intelligence network.
Captain George Shuster is a veteran of the Peninsula, an aide-de-camp to Wellington, now recalled from the continent and struggling to adjust to civilian life. Thomas Jesuadon is a dissolute, living on the fringes of society, but with an unrivalled knowledge of the seamy underside of the capital. Setting out to trace the boy’s attacker, they journey from the slums of London to the Scottish coast, following a trail of havoc, betrayal, official incompetence and murder. It takes an unlikely encounter with a frightened young woman to give them the breakthrough that will turn the hunter into the hunted.
Meanwhile, the boy travels the breadth of Europe in the wake of the Grande Armée, witnessing at first hand the ruination they leave behind and the awful price of Napoleon’s ambition.
This companion to M.M. Bennetts’s brilliant debut, May 1812, is a gripping account of deception, daring and determination, of intelligence and guile pitted against brutality. Bennetts brings to vivid life the harrowing devastation wrought on the civilian populations of Europe by Napoleon’s men, and the grit, courage and tenacity of those who stood against them.