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 candlelight to illuminate the night. The most efficient means of transportation was on horseback. Train travel and telegraphy were available only in the 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 that Anglophiles will forgive the plot and grant him literary license for this presumptuous calamity.
The Royal Family in Braxton’s Century
Our chronicle begins with a fictional English king and queen consort. Their Majesties sired the fictional Prince of Wales, Richard. The middle-aged crown prince has been married to Princess Mercedes, formerly the Contessa Mercedes de Chiacontella, for about twenty years. 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, Princes Diedre and Princess 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.
The Historical Backdrop of the Novel
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 takes over our twenty-first-century lives. Then, like today, these huge changes leave many people behind while 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 while attempting to 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 strives to assimilate Westernization, laying the foundation for its imperialist 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.
I invite you to explore my website: www.braxtonscentury.com to learn more.
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