Monday, March 16, 2020
The Passions of Lord Trevethow: The Hawaiian Royalty Visit Part I
On a sadder note, also true, is the fact that the Hawaiian King and Queen both die in London due to catching measles during their tour of the Duke York's military school facility in Chelsea, and the funeral Cassian attends is true as well. I used a variety of sources to piece together the itinerary of the King and how that would work around Cassian's own social calendar. However, I was most grateful to the work done by J. Susan Corley in her article entitled: The British Press Greets the King of the Sandwich Islands: Kamehameha II in London, 1824. This was an amazing and detailed resource. I wish I could post the link here so you all could read the exciting depth and descriptions but the link cannot be posted.
I thought the inclusion of the royal visit was an important addition to Cassian and Pen's story since Cassian promises to show Pen the world, knowing full well he can't leave London with her. So, he brings the world to her--the visit to the Greek themed opera house, and a chance to meet the Hawaiian royals. This was a great intersection of history and fiction.