“Braxton’s Century” begins in 1866, in Southwest England, one day’s carriage ride from London. Most people in this period in history had only candle light to illuminate the night. The most efficient means of transportation was on horseback. Train travel and telegraphy was available to only most industrialized areas of the world.
Most of the characters in Braxton’s Century are fictional. They live alongside authentic historical events spanning the Greatest Century. Some real historical characters are dramatized, but not marginalized to compliment the story. The times depicted in the novel are portrayed as accurately as possible.
Changing historical facts to accommodate the story can be a disconcerting casualty of fiction. In this Historical Fiction, the English royal family and most of the imperial houses in Europe have been altered.
If our story were true, Queen Victoria would have been the reigning sovereign. Sad to say, she does not exist in this novel. The author hopes. Anglophiles will forgive the plot and grant literary license for this presumptuous calamity.
Our chronicle begins with a fictional English king and queen consort. Their Majesties sored the fictional Prince of Wales, Richard. The middle-aged prince has been married for about 20 years. The Crown Prince is married to Princess Mercedes, formerly the Contessa Mercedes de Chiacontella. More on this fabulous female later.
Our Protagonist, Prince Braxton, the third son of the Prince of Wales and Mercedes is about six-years-old as our tale unfolds. The precocious prince has two older sisters, Diedre and Carmen. Braxton also has two much older brothers. Prince Dominic, heir presumptive is about eighteen years old. Prince John is sixteen. He has a lover, Viscount Ramsey.
England and Europe are maturing as industrialized economies. This phenomenon has transpired over the previous fifty years. Western Europe and England are experiencing ‘growing pains.’
These agonies, are not unlike those experienced today as technology has taken over our 21st Century lives. Then, like today, leaving many people behind and propelling others to great wealth and power.
Economies in an uproar create political maelstroms. Such was the case in the middle of the 1800s when revolutions swept Europe. Our characters and Europe are struggling to establish an equilibrium in which to live their lives and harness the industrial economic revolution.
Magnificent palaces, grand balls, grander armies, extravagant jewels, and gowns are the backdrop to three imperial houses in turmoil fueled by widespread political unrest. A bankrupt Russia and its former serfs emerging from slavery embrace the industrial revolution compromising the Russian status quo.
Japan exiting the era of the Samurai strive to assimilate Westernization, laying the foundation for its imperialistic aspirations. Hong Kong, India, and America are part of a web that nurtures the seeds of globalization that will be depicted author JR Strayve Jr.’s trilogy sequel, Millennial Moguls Unhinged.
Society’s rules and conventions are unraveling. The reader will find our characters caught in this whirlwind of change. Some will be victorious. Some will remain unscathed. Some will be destroyed.
Dear reader, the author hopes that you will find the characters and their lives inspiring, overwhelming, genuine, empowering, and cathartic. May their lessons live to give you courage and solace. Without a doubt, you will be moved.