For The ‘Bridgerton’ Fans: 6 Black Authors Who Write Historical Fiction Romance

It’s no secret that history is often manipulated by those who have the power to control the future’s perception of it. However, great books, literature, art and well-written screenplays hold the clues to the authentic lived experiences of those often hidden in history.

Recently, television shows that depict 18th-century and 19th-century life such as: BBC’s harlotsPBS’s sanditonHBO’s The Gilded Ageand Netflix’s Bridgerton have all skillfully provided a rare glimpse into the lives of Black people outside of the context of slavery chains and these period dramas have been quite refreshing to say the least.

Bridgerton is one of the most watched television shows ever on the Netflix platform, and its content is intriguing to more than just history buffs. Shifting paradigms around the legacy of Black nobility, while simultaneously providing a fresh wind in its portrayal of courtship and love, and high society during the Regency era, Bridgerton and other period dramas have created a surge of interest in the historical fiction romance genre of literature. And, it’s evident that people of all backgrounds are curious and eager to see and learn more about Black lives from these time periods. Many networks are starting to catch on, and are partnering with Black writers and Black historians now more than ever to further elevate these narratives.

Names of female writers like: Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Charlotte Bronte are often synonymous with the historical fiction romance genre. However, Black women writers such as: Frances EW Harper, Pauline E. Hopkins, Anna Julia Cooper, and Mrs. AE Johnson have made a mark in literary history with their contributions to this genre as well. While Julia Quinn’s wildly popular historical fiction romance book series is the inspiration for Bridgerton, below you will find six Black female authors who are deliberate about depicting the lives of Black men and women during the Regency and British colonial eras, and beyond. These authors are adding well-researched, diverse, nuanced, and multidimensional characters and narratives to the historical fiction romance genre.

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