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If you love your historical romance novels you may already be a fan of period drama, however if this is not the case then let me introduce to this captivating form of entertainment.
Period Drama – Movies
“I love you, always have. I want to marry you,” confesses William Wallace (Mel Gibson) to his sweetheart, Murron. Braveheart struck success, with its kilted madmen, demure heroines, Scottish royalty, unleashed savagery and heart-wrenching theme of love and freedom.
Story-tellers have always re-hashed tales of the past and movie makers are no different. Why wouldn’t they latch onto these fabulous ready-made stories? Lives of royals such as King Arthur, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria have just the right ingredients to set the screen alight; controversy, love, death, marriage, lust, opulence, poverty and tyranny.
Period Drama – Series
Adaptations of English Literature and the BBC go hand in hand. Classic novels; of which there were a prolific number in the nineteenth century make for engrossing viewing. Romance and social critiques form a winning combination.
From the demure to the saucy, wicked to the brave, weird to the wise; there is a colourful kaleidoscope of wonderful characters. Painted with meticulous care by such great authors as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Bronte sisters, Daniel Defoe and William Thackeray; too many to mention!
Getting to know these characters is a fun affair. Watching the naughty deeds of Moll Flanders and Becky Sharpe (Vanity Fair) is quite spectacular while in the opposite arena, of morality and good grace, sweet Molly Gibson (Wives and Daughters) and Esther Summerson (Bleak House) truly take the cake!
Women with intelligence, wit and flair, dogged by the limitations of their sex but trying their darndest to stay true to themselves and make the best of their situation. We cheer them along as we take a trip down memory lane; bonnets, petticoats, knickerbockers and the like. Rolling hills, tumbledown mansions, grandeur, poverty and urbanisation are just the right medicine for those craving their historical romance hit!
write by Rowena