Enhancing the Regency

by Ann Tracy Marr

Enhancing the Regency is like giving the butler added skills

In Round Table Magician, I begin weaving a new history for England. After all, if King Arthur, Merlin, and the knights of the Round Table are not myth, but history, their rule of Britain would have changed society - which is what I write.

No, I don't lay out a timeline of history or feed the reader gobs of porridge-like information. I treat the Camelot legacy as anyone would treat their own history. There is mention of Sir Galahad's seat at the Round Table being a place of healing, like Lourdes, but no more. Galahad is as important to Lord Brinston's Britain as Benjamin Franklin is to Americans, but we don't talk about Ben much, do we? Also, I can't remember the last time anyone discussed making a pilgrimage to a place of healing, other than on TV, which doesn't count.

I had fun describing the actual Round Table. It is in a huge hall at the castle of Camelot, right in the middle of London. Yes, I know they say Camelot was at Cadbury, or Glastonbury, or. . . Why not London?

Arthur's table is there in all its glory, but it isn't big enough for the Regency government, which was as bloated as any bureaucracy. Clever English carpenters built a second table around the first. They gussied it up, just as most people would decorate important furnishings, creating inlays in the table illustrating important people in history -- Camelot's history as well as Britain's. Representations of famous Arthurian moments and knights coexist side by side with Sir Walter Raleigh on his ship Ark Royal, the flagship of the fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada, and William Wallace, one of Scotland's heroes.

I cheated a bit there in honor of my husband's Scottish heritage. Poor William lost his battle with the Loch Ness monster. No apology given; I like Nessie and Braveheart bored me.

The Holy Grail is housed in the Tower of London and the government created the position Keeper of the Grail. No, the Keeper is not a paper pusher; there is a bit more involved in tending the Grail than just assigning guard positions. (That book makes an appearance in 2016.)

Thwarting Magic and To His Mistress, my other published Camelot spiced Regencies, expand on the new history. If you read them, you can amuse yourself spotting more new bits of history, both major and minor.

By the Lady (the Lady of the Lake), I never mentioned magic, did I?