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"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is." - Anne of Green Gables.
I am Melanie Clegg, an authoress of novels of POSH DOOM, history geek, Versailles obsessive, Paris lover, historical fiction writer, Victorian Prostitute re-enactor, Art History graduate, committed vegetarian, GIN taster, curry lover and Pimms addict living in deepest darkest Bristol with my family.
I'm a member of the Whitechapel Society and London Historians and also a reviewer for the Historical Novel Society.
I shouldn't really need to say this but all the written content on this site is my own work and copyrighted to me so please ask before using elsewhere. I've come across a couple of sites now that have lifted my work without any acknowledgement and it leaves a nasty taste to be honest and makes me YOUR ENEMY FOR LIFE.
Most of the art work is a free for all so help yourself so long as it isn't for reasons of personal gain and iniquity, but a lot is down to my own lame photographic skills so please ask if you suspect this to be the case.
I'm really dedicated to introducing people to gorgeous art work that they might not otherwise have seen - I try my best to ensure that the works that I feature fall within the boundries of fair use and are either my own work, freely available or I have permission from the source. However, if I have accidentally posted up something that I really ought not to have done, let me know and I'll remove it straight away! Thanks!
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To know her was to love her...
Born in the very heart of the dangers of the English Civil War, smuggled out of the clutches of Parliament as a toddler and then raised in near penury in exile in France, the charming and beautiful Princess Henrietta-Anne Stuart, youngest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria is the original Cinderella, waiting breathlessly and with some trepidation for the moment when her family’s fortunes will be restored and she can reclaim her proper place in the world.
The first book in my two part series about Minette, the youngest and favourite sister of Charles II is now available from Amazon US and Amazon UK.
The Secret Diary of a Princess
My first book The Secret Diary of a Princess: a novel of Marie Antoinette, about the early life of Marie Antoinette and her transformation from a gawky Austrian princess to the fashionable, elegant Madame la Dauphine is OUT NOW and available to buy rather thrillingly as a Kindle book from Amazon UK or Amazon US.
My second novel, Blood Sisters was inspired by the stories of several intrepid, courageous and amazing women who lived through the upheaval of the French Revolution, in particular the Princesse Joseph de Monaco, Emilie de Saint-Amaranthe, Princesse Rosalie Lubomirska and Lucile Desmoulins, all of whom followed very different destinies.’
‘The French Revolution was a period of political upheaval, and of terrifying and appalling violence. I wanted to interweave that political background with my story so my heroines weren’t just passively sitting at home waiting for men to do everything, but getting out there and making history themselves.’
Blood Sisters is an historical epic with a romantic, adventurous edge, and out now for Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK.
Blood Sisters will be available as a special edition paperback from the 15th of April but you can preorder copies now! Hurray! The first forty will be signed so don't delay if you want one that I've scribbled on!
Before the Storm
My third novel of POSH DOOM and iniquity is a tale of passion, woe, betrayal and true love based on The Buccaneers by Edith Wharton and played against the glittering, exciting and yet often dangerous backdrop of Georgian London, Versailles and Revolutionary France.
'Lush, dreamy historical detail with a slightly punk rock aesthetic...'
It's available to buy for Kindle from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Madame – Coming Soon!
Coming at the start of 2014 - the sequel to Minette, my novel about the life of the enchanting Henrietta-Anne of England, favourite sister of Charles II and sister in law of Louis XIV.