Eloisa explains the history of the Frost Fair and reads from My Last Duchess.
There are a lot of family members in the Wilde family and readers have said it can be a challenge to keep them all straight. Here is a handy guide to who’s who, how they are related, and where they fall in birth order.
*Please note: Some of the names are linked to Wikipedia pages. Since each of the Duke’s children is named for a historical warrior, real or literary, readers can look up the inspiration for the namesake. (Eloisa cannot vouch for the accuracy of the full content of each of these pages, but it definitely serves for reference.)
Hugo Wilde, the duke (1721- ). His Grace has a twin sister and has been married three times. Once widowed, once divorced, now happily married.
Lady Knowe, the duke’s twin sister (1721- ). She is also known as “Lady Know.”
Hugo’s first duchess: Marie (1721-1757) m. 1747
Hugo & Marie’s children:
Parth, foster son (1750- )
featured in: Born to be Wilde
Hugo’s second duchess: Yvette m. 1759; div. 1766
Hugo & Yvette’s children:
Leonides (1760- )
Alexander (1763- )
Hugo’s third duchess: Ophelia m.1766
featured in: My Last Duchess
Hugo & Ophelia’s children:
Spartacus (1768- )
Erik (1772- )
Artemia, “Artie” (1778- )
Ophelia’s child by her first husband Peter (1721-1764), m. 1759
Viola (1764- )
featured in: Say Yes to the Duke
My Last Duchess – Hugo & Ophelia m. 1766 [A Wilde series prequel, previously titled Wilde Denial. This was a serialized novella available exclusively to Eloisa’s newsletter subscribers that is now a stand-alone book.]
Wilde in Love – Alaric & Willa m. 1778
Too Wilde to Wed – North & Diana m. 1780
Born to be Wilde – Parth & Lavinia m. 1780
Say No to the Duke – Betsy & Jeremy m. 1781
Say Yes to the Duke – Viola & Lucas, m 1782
Wilde Child – Joan & Thaddeus, m 1783
“This dress is definitely for Lady Ophelia, Hugo’s betrothed. It is a classic gown for an appropriate Lady to woo; she emanates poise.”
and also Ophelia:
“This gown exudes Lady Ophelia’s confidence; Hugo must convince Phee that he is worthy of such elegance and grandeur.”
To access the downloadable template so you can make your own, please explore Eloisa’s Design-a-Duchess Paper Dolls Book Extra.