Tuesday, September 06, 2005
As a diplomat, Sir Charles was posted to Dresden, Berlin and finally, St. Petersburg where he became the go-between for the young lovers Catherine (to become the Great) and Stansislaw Poniatowski. The three historical figures and their story are featured in Find Me Again, published by Dundurn Press in Canada
Here are 2 pictures of Stanislaw Poniatowski, featured in Find Me Again, one as a young man, one as king of Poland. He was Catherine's lover before she became Empress. She moved on to other lovers, but once she was in power, she used her influence to make him king of Poland.
This is an 18th century map of the area you will read about in Find Me Again. The three main historical characters in the book are Catherine the Great, her lover, Stanislaw Poniatowski, the last king of Poland, and their friend and go-between, Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams, a British diplomat posted in St. Petersburg, Dresden and Berlin.
Here is a photo of Ian Rankin and me clutching our Edgar awards at the 2004 Mystery Writers of America banquet, taken by Chris Aldrich of Mystery News. Ian won Best Novel for Resurrection Man and I took home the Best Paperwork Original for Find Me Again