Ted Anthony Roberts

Swashbuckling Author

Note (on this and all my writings): the following text is merely a "rough draft" of what the final product shall be. The final "smooth draft" (if I may so call it) will perhaps read somewhat differently; however, the main ideas shall remain!  


 A Forbidden Love


An Upcoming Swashbuckling Romance


by: Ted Anthony Roberts



(c) 2010 by Ted Anthony Roberts

Early eighteenth century Europe was a place of romantic intrigue . . . but only for a few! On the dirty London streets, the best a poor lad could hope for was to become a secretary for some great lord; but that wasn’t always forthcoming, and many people continued to be poor and hungry throughout their lives. A seaman’s life was attractive, therefore, to a great many of them, but open robbery upon the sea was even better – for it allowed one to become rich, when there, otherwise, would not be an opportunity to become so! But even further stretched from a normal lad’s thoughts – and, indeed, from reality – was the chance for one of them to not only become a feared, courageous, and famous pirate (of whom most Londoners imagined to be some sort of hero), but also to become involved in a romantic love entanglement with a nobleman’s daughter! Sure, a successful pirate could, in all probability, just take the lady and have his way with her (despite the piratical code which forbade such a horrible act), but for the lady to actually fall in love with one of these rouges was a thing not heard of too often (even if the thought was entertained in many of their romantic minds!). So, add all this together with the fact that the young lady in question (of whom this tale speaks of) just happens to belong to the royal household of England’s finest, and you have a noble father who cannot believe his bad luck, and who will stop at nothing to get her back from the thieving pirate’s hand! All the while not believing, even for a second, that his daughter can actually fall in love with, in his opinion, a piece of ocean trash!

Such a thing happened with dear Isabella ~ royal in her manners; royal in her sweetness; and certainly royal in her lineage! Quiet, little Isabella – of whom nobody in the entire royal family ever paid much attention to – had not only fallen in love with a notorious pirate (who was known to be the scourge of the seven seas!), but also had the pirate fall in love with her as well ~ whom she found to actually be a gentleman, and not as terrible as the rumors had said him to be. This was not enough for her father, the royal naval commander, who never gave up hope of finding her, and of whom he felt was in constant danger . . . ah, love! How strange you sometimes can be . . . ah, love! How surprising you sometimes are . . . ah, love! How forbidden you have become to many a young couple!



Chapter 1

He, whom I met

The Royal family sits down in a medium sized sitting room; they all sit on whatever is available: small chairs and small couches, having beautiful upholstery laid upon their exteriors. The king's daughter, the beautiful Princess ——, announces from her seat that she wishes for everyone to relate an interesting story that has happened to each one of them; and adds, laughingly, not to tell a story that they have already heard. They all agree, and each one in turn stands up and tells a tale that is, no doubt, bent greatly from the actual truth! And all would laugh at the amusing stories. Some told stories of the peasants, hungry and begging as usual, and others said of things pertaining to dirty politics. It is an amusing pass of time for the otherwise bored Royal family.

"Well, uncle," says the beautiful Princess ——, to a middle-aged gentleman, who sits motionless in his chair, having a rather grim frown upon his face. "You are the only one left who has not told an amusing story."

The grey-haired man looks at his niece in an uneasy manner. "I suppose it's because I have nothing amusing to say." he comments, hoping to end the matter quickly.

"Oh, come on, uncle," says the Princess, with a most gracious smile, not wanting it to end so fast. "I know something interesting had to happen to you that we know nothing about."

"Interesting, yes," the uncle comments, "amusing, no! There is only one story that keeps jumping into my head that I cannot forget about - but it is far from amusing. And I know, dear child," he adds, looking the girl right in the eyes, "that you do not want to hear about it."

"Oh, but you are mistaken, uncle!" the Princess eagerly replies, "Amusing, or not, I want to hear it."

This only increases the uncle's agitation.

"Is it at least adventurous?" she asks, wide-eyed, and acting like a much younger child.

"Extremely so." he merely remarks, returning to his brooding.

"Well, by all means, uncle, please relate it to us!" she again says, clapping her hands excitedly.

"Oh, yes, let us hear it!" the others cry in their turn, urging the royal individual on.

"Very well," the old royal naval-admiral finally says, disgusted at his pampered relatives. "But you will be sorry that you pushed me on like this."

"Nonsense, uncle!" insists the Princess.

He does not stand, as the others had done, to relate his story, but remains seated. And he sits in silence for a slight moment, pulling all his thoughts together.

The others also sit in silence, anxiously awaiting the story, and nervously twitching in their seats.

"I met him ten years ago . . . ." the admiral began.

At this, he stops, sitting in silence but again, and staring out an open window - seeing nothing but him whom he met ten years ago.

"Who, uncle?" asked a nephew of his. "Whom did you meet?"

Ignoring this question, the uncle continues . . . .

"He took my darling girl." he replies, while still looking out the window, and allowing a tear to shine upon his cheek.

"Are you speaking of Isabella, uncle?" asks the princess.

"Yes." he answers, mournfully. "Isabella."

"I have always wondered what happened to her." she says, interrupting the man. "No one ever told us."

Without replying directly to this statement, the uncle suddenly looks toward her with fire in his eyes: "He was a bloody Pirate, that man!"

At this, the room falls extremely silent - A bit frightened at his countenance! The Princess, taking in a deep breath, ventures to ask: "Who, uncle? Who was a bloody Pirate?"

The uncle looks back out the window.

"Yes," he continues, speaking to no-one in particular, with another tear glittering on his other cheek. "He took my darling girl."

Everyone in the room looks anxiously at each other in astonishment. What was this old sailor talking about?

Another nephew daringly asks: "Are you alright, uncle?"

Again, ignoring this direct question, the old sea-man continues in a low tone: "It was only ten years ago when we met . . . Oh, I already said that!" he quickly corrects himself. "We were sailing toward the African Continent when our ships met. I stupidly allowed Isabella to come along. Of course I thought our Man-O-War would never have dared been attacked - but how wrong I was!

"And he attacked! That bloody Pirate attacked!" continues the Admiral, spinning around suddenly toward all the royal occupants of the room, and again raising his voice to a rather frightening tone. "Yes! That blood-thirsty Pirate!"

Not daring to even breathe, everyone in the room listens with all their might as the story-teller continues his tale . . . .


To be continued . . . .


CLICK HERE for Plot Details, and to Read the Introduction and First Three Chapters!




Product Details (From Amazon.com)

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449913172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449913175
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds



"Nicely done. I really enjoyed the history in the introduction and the duel is well written. Best of luck with the novel!" ~ Author David Lee Summers, author of five books: Vampires of the Scarlet Order, The Solar Sea, and the "Old Star" science fiction series: The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, and Heirs of the New Earth. www.davidleesummers.com

"Very exciting read! Felt like I was there witnessing the action!" ~ Candle Artist Jfay,

"I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed Alexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques,

"Hurrah, Ted! I gleefully await the next installment! LOVE the romantic stuff! Bring it on! There are few things in this world I like better than a hot Viscount. Keep going, Ted! Bravo! Keep writing! I can't wait to read more! But it is par for the course as I am also a writer. Keep in touch!" ~ Author Genella de Grey, author of "Remember Me."

"Wow - What a wonderful beginning. As a whole, you have a unique way of writing & you captivated me by a few sentences peaking my interest to continue. For instance: ...hazed by the early morning mist...I love it! I look forward to reading the next chapter. You've gained my interest. That was impresive & informative. You've still got the hook in & I'm dangling to hear more. Thanks for the sneak peak." ~ Aspiring Author R.F.Taylor: Rianna

"Well done. Chapter One entices the reader craving more. I will look for The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer on the web. Keep up the excellent writing..." ~