"Principia" is a historical science-fiction & occult serial set in Restoration England.
Latest Chapter (Nov. '14)
Principia: Glorious 3: The Terror of Withersmouth Lennon, Delapore, and Ruthven are trapped in a coastal village that is not what it seems.
The year is 1685. Torn apart by the Monmouth Rebellion and the Bloody Assizes, Britain careens towards full-scale revolution. The Catholic king, a pawn of the French, alienates his Protestant subjects by ignoring the rights of his citizens, persecuting the established Church, and arming his coreligionists in Ireland.
Meanwhile, secret societies plot for control of the British crown. Foreign invasion looms. And behind closed doors, alchemists and sorcerers prepare to battle for supremacy.
At Densmore College, Cambridge, young Edgar Delapore is unaware he will become a pawn in the machinations of these dark forces. He will turn for aid to two men — Jonathan Lennon, a strange American with a mysterious past; and Isaac Newton, an eccentric scholar with a brilliant mind. But both men have ties to the very forces that seek to control England, in This World and the Other.
From “Louise de Kéroualle, Charles II’s French mistress: a discussion with Susan Holloway Scott” on Catherine Delors’ Versailles and More blog:
In 17th century royal courts, the role of the king’s mistress was a prestigious one. These women had the king’s ear (among other things!) and with that confidence came a great deal of power. They often acted as the king’s unofficial hostess, receiving important politicians and international diplomats in their quarters so that the king might meet them on a more informal basis. They often became involved in political negotiations, and it was expected that they accept bribes of money and gifts for the use of their influence. They were rewarded with titles, lands, and wealth for their services, and their children by the king were ennobled. Away from the Court, ordinary Englishmen hated them as a drain on the king’s finances and clergymen denounced them as strumpets, but in London they were celebrities, and people crowded after their carriages for a glimpse of their famous beauty.
While being a royal mistress wasn’t a semi-official post at the English Court as it was in France, where Louis maintained maitresses en titre, these women still were important in a way that few others of their time were. Dozens of women passed through Charles’s bed, but the overwhelming majority of them are now faceless and forgotten. The royal mistresses were different. Seventeenth century women couldn’t serve in Parliament, the military or the church, or the diplomatic corps, or attend university. The only path to power for an ambitious woman of the time was through a man, whether as a wife or as a mistress.”
Okay, so my social media strategy is a little… complex.
There is a Facebook page for Principia, associated with my personal Facebook. That’s simple enough.
The Newton of Principia is not Evil Isaac Newton. But then, he’s not precisely the Newton of history, either. We know that many of Newtons papers were destroyed after his death, by supporters who wished to protect his reputation. What was in those papers? I have some ideas.