A window into the past.

JomayHi, Jo here, talking about the restless politics of 1817, but also sharing a window into life in the past. As I said back in December, My Company of Rogues books began in 1814 because the plot tied into Napoleon's abdication. I've written 15 Rogues books since and managed to progress slowly because I knew that as the post-war years marched on, the political situation would become darker.

Peace after war is euphoric, but the aftermath is usually difficult. Wars are expensive, so even victorious countries have huge debts. Peace can open up markets, but it often also allows in competition. Economies are often depressed just when large numbers of men return home seeking work and feeling entitled to the good things in life. The result — unrest, and even riotous rebellion.

Read more