From the Author
For those of you familiar with my work, you know that I usually include aresource page with my sources listed near the end of my books. Thistime, however, I omitted that page, as it is not required to have one.But, in lieu of several questions concerning the historical accuracy ofTMBV, I have decided to release my sources in this editorial. Theyinclude:
Harriette Wilson's Memoirs: The Greatest Courtesan of her Age, edited by Lesley Blanch, Courtesans by Katie Hickman, Beau Brummel by Ian Kelly, Voices from the World of Jane Austen by Malcolm Day, The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues by Susan Griffin, The Courtesans: The Demi-Moude in 19th Century France by Joanna Richardson, City of Women by Christine Stansell, Temptress by Jane Billinghurst, The Lady Scandalous by Jo Manning.
There were several Wikipedia articles which were also used as well asinformation gleaned from other works of literature written in theRegency period such as Fanny Hill and the Victorian works ofCharles Dickens, written a few years later. The Regency period was avery boisterous era. The morals of the age were set by the RoyalFamily--George IV, better known as the Prince Regent, and his brother,William IV, who succeeded him on the throne, in particular. When theirniece, Victoria, took the throne, she and Albert brought about thechange of strict mores many are acquainted with and the Victorian Agebegan, along with many reforms which had their beginnings in the Regency Era and are addressed in TMBV.
The Mistress's Black Veil was very well researched, but as with all well researched works offiction, poetic license was used in places to suit the purpose of thisstory.
About the Author
Ms. Baxley was born in Brooklyn,New York in the 1950s but spent her young formative years with her parents onher grandfather's farm in Falls Mill, Tennessee, where her ancestors were amongthe original pioneers of the new frontier, now known as Tennessee, in 1803. Sheattended Tennessee Technological University in the heart of the CumberlandPlateau, earning a BS degree in Computer Science. Upon graduation, she workedin the aerospace industry for four years before leaving her career to care forher children.
Ms. Baxley and her husbandcurrently reside in Alabama. They have five grown children and threegrandchildren. Their oldest son, a graduate of Auburn University, is currentlyserving in the U.S. Marine Corps. Having completed three tours of duty in Iraq,one as a battery commander, he is presently stationed in Japan. Their secondson also serves his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and is currently stationedat the Pentagon. Their daughter and third son have both graduated from collegeand have since moved on with their careers. Their youngest son is still atuniversity.
Ms. Baxley enjoys gardening,reading, cooking, needlework, and sewing. She has completed many personaldesigns in children's clothing, and though she lives in the city, she has oftensaid she is more at home in the woods with a good book and a hound as hercompanion. Ms. Baxley is a self-described genteel classical lady from ruralTennessee.