Timeline; 1. Beginnings; 2. Threats; 3. Assassination and Ambition; 4. A Spear in the Earth; 5. Blood on the Earth; 6. A Battle, A Siege and An Omen; 7. Babylon, Susa and Persepolis; 8. Plots, Murder and Marriage; 9. India and the Final Battle; 10. The Final Journey; Index
Nick McCarty has been a professional writer since he was 22. Writing mostly for television he co-devised and wrote The Regiment for BBC TV about the Victorian Army. He has written for shows as diverse as Casualty, Bergerac, The Onedin Line and The Six Wives of Henry VIII as well as adapting many classics for radio drama. His awards include The Sony Best Radio Adaptation for A Tale of Two Cities; The Golden Rose New York Best Production for The Canterville Ghost and The Pye Award for Best Children's Television Drama. His books include a retelling of The Iliad which was Alexander the Great's favourite book. Married, with two children, he lives partly in France and partly in Kew, England.
There is an insatiable interest in well-written books with new source material and a vigorous standpoint on the place of women in history, in this case their roles as wives, chatelaines and keepers-up of fashion in decoration and entertainment in the great 'power houses' of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain. Large town houses and country estates were created mainly to overawe and to reinforce social and political prestige; with that went the presentational requirements needed to impress. Rosemary Baird has selected 10 women whose married state as consorts to powerful men required them to take on a wide variety of roles. This is a fascinating account of their lives, taken from diaries, letters and new research in family archives.