Netflix dropped their new historical romance series Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Friday and I am already making it my whole personality.
Not only did it have all the swoony romance (that dinner table scene omg), elaborate costumes and eccentric characters I’ve come to love about Bridgerton, the series also had an emotionally resonant undertone that made me sob by the end of the final episode.
In fact my only critique is that, at 6 episodes, it was far too short!
Looking for more historically romantic content in your life? Watch these!
If you love a Georgian setting… watch Poldark
Ross Poldark returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his lover engaged to another man. Slowly but steadily, he attempts to rebuild his life.
Watch it on: Amazon Prime
If you love feisty historical heroines… watch Dickinson
Budding writer Emily Dickinson uses her outsider’s perspective to explore the constraints of society, gender and family in the 19th century.
Watch it on: Apple TV
If you love Jane Austen vibes… watch Sanditon
Charlotte Heywood moves to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort. Soon, she finds herself navigating the secrets and ambitions of the village’s citizens.
Watch it on: Binge
If you love royal romance… watch The Empress
When rebellious Elisabeth falls for Emperor Franz and becomes his unlikely bride, she enters a world of tensions and intrigue at the Viennese court.
Watch it on: Netflix
If you love forbidden affairs… watch Gentleman Jack
A dramatization of the life of LGBTQ+ trailblazer, voracious learner, and cryptic diarist Anne.
Watch it on: Binge
If you love elaborate sets and costumes… watch Versailles
It’s 1667 and 28-year-old King Louis XIV has finally taken over sole command of France. When he commissions Versailles, Europe’s most beautiful palace, the nobles seek entry into the lavish residence, which they do not realize is meant to imprison and control them. Among the ruler’s prime targets is his younger brother, Monsieur. There’s also romance in King Louis’ life, as his queen, Marie Theresa, tries to tame his wandering eyes and win his heart back from his mistress, the English king’s sister. Love, power, betrayal and war are all part of daily life in Versailles.
Watch it on: SBS On Demand
If you love scheming and scandals… watch Vanity Fair
Based on the novel of the same name,”Vanity Fair” follows poverty-stricken Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of the dregs of society and to scale the heights of English society in the years following the defeat of Napoleon. Set against the Napoleonic Wars, Sharp strives to rise above her station with little regard for the consequences. In her efforts to advance herself, her manipulation, merriment, forbidden romances, fighting, and dancing catapults her into the court of King George IV while breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.
Watch it on: Stan
If you love stories with indomitable older women… watch The Gilded Age
The American Gilded Age was a period of immense economic change, great conflict between the old ways and brand new systems, and huge fortunes were made and lost. In 1882, young Marian Brook moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell. Exposed to a world on the brink of the modern age, Marian must choose if she will follow the established rules of society or forge her own path.
Watch it on: Paramount +
If you love historical romance… watch Belgravia
When the Trenchards accept an invitation to the now-legendary ball on the fateful eve of the Battle of Waterloo, it sets in motion events that will have consequences for decades as secrets unravel behind the doors of London’s grandest neighbourhood.
Watch it on: Binge
P.S you can also read any of the below historical romance reads!
Regency Seductive Charms/Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress/Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal