Napoleonic Russia

I don’t have a Pink-in-Russia book on the agenda just yet, but I’m seriously tempted after watching this video, sent to me by Anya. Aren’t the costumes fun?

In one of those strange coincidences, a couple of years ago I picked up a research book, The Cavalry Maiden, about a Russian noblewoman who successfully disguised herself as a man, became a cavalry officer, and served with distinction for several years.



  1. Carole on May 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That would be an interesting setting…not many novels are set in Russia. ^.^

  2. Tipsy Reader on May 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Oh man, I want to watch the rest of this movie. Is it on Netflix?

    I think it would totally ROCK for you to have a book set in Russia

  3. Elizabeth aka Miss Eliza on May 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Oh yes! Russia, right after Egypt! There must be an Egypt (hint hint).

  4. Chartreuse on May 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Please don’t forget the peninsula. C. S. Forester died too soon to get Hornblower to trick Villeneuve into fighting (v. “Hornblower and the Crisis” and part of “The Hornblower Companion”), so the Pink Carnation will have to pick up the load.

    Russia would be fun, too.

  5. Sheila on May 27, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Is the rest of this as funny as the first part?

    I don’t care where the nest books are set, I know they will be terrific. I just hope Turnip will be back !

  6. Chanpreet on May 27, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Russia sounds wonderful! So does the premise of a woman disguising herself as a man to join the military….[hint taken ;)].

    Egypt, Spain, South America, Canada, Louisiana Territory, the possibilities are endless! 🙂

  7. Anya on May 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Yes, The film is very very funny, you can find the rest of it on youtube, if you look for the Hussar ballad. I love this movie very much, and I’m so happy everyone is so open to it!!

  8. Annie on May 28, 2011 at 7:37 am

    First – please, please do a Russian book!
    Second, for more inspiration, look at this clip from the Russian soap opera Bednaya Nastya (Poor Nastia), set in the 1830’s. It’s some of the best campy fun out there.

  9. Jennifer on May 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I have always been fascinated with Russian history and would love to see a book take place there!

  10. AngelB on May 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you Lauren and Anya. Spent the morning watching the whole thing. Great flick! I love the death scenes with no blood. haha!

    PS…I do believe a Russian side of the story will be necessary, but you are only in 1804 and the Russian side is much much later. Lauren..will you be writing Pink Carnation until 1815? 🙂

  11. Gigi on May 31, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Oh please,please have the carnation go to Russia!
    Also, is the rest of that movies on netflixs? It was positively diverting!

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