As a reader of historical set fiction I am always curious about the historical background to stories so I thought I would share with you some of the historical background to A NOTORIOUS DECEPTION.
I worked for a time in Hounslow, Middlesex, England and could not help becoming curious as to the local history. Hounslow was well known as a coach stop in Regency times, and for its notoriously dangerous Heath (now Heathrow International Airport).
The 15th Light Dragoons
Hounslow was also known for having barracks, and this is where the 15th Light Dragoons were billeted in 1810, having returned from the Iberian Peninsula after the retreat at Corunna.
The 15th Light Dragoons were a real regiment in which I placed the fictitious Captain Robert Monceaux.
More about the history of the 15th Light Dragoons here at their re-enactment group website. including some great pictures.
Brentford & Canal Transport
Brentford was a prosperous place in Regency times noted for its good shopping and transport links.
I was fascinated to discover that, in the days before railways, a passenger packet boat service was operating in the first decade of the 19th century along the Grand Junction from Uxbridge to Paddington in London, with crews noted for their smart uniforms. Further information on the history of the Grand Junction canal is here.
I just had to use the canal in my story!