The Bridgerton books do not spend an enormous period of time on Violet and Edmund Bridgerton’s story, however with the casting of Rupert Evans to play the Bridgerton patriarch in season two, it appears to be like like we’ll get not less than slightly extra details about the Bridgerton household’s beloved mother and father. Edmund has been lifeless for over a decade after we first meet the Bridgertons, however if you cannot wait til season two to get all the small print about his life (and dying), here is what that you must know, straight from Julia Quinn’s novels!
The Viscount Who Beloved Me, the novel on which a lot of season two can be based mostly, opens with a prologue that explains the Bridgerton household backstory. We be taught that Edmund and Violet married and have become mother and father very younger; Edmund is 20 and Violet is eighteen when their first son, Anthony, is born. They’ve a complete of eight kids, the youngest being their daughter Hyacinth, who’s born in 1803, the identical yr that Edmund dies.
Anthony, because the oldest son, has a very shut relationship along with his father, and it is by means of his eyes that we be taught what sort of man Edmund was. Within the prologue, he describes his recollections of his childhood with Edmund:
“Edmund Bridgerton was, fairly merely, the very middle of Anthony’s world. He was tall, his shoulders had been broad, and he might trip a horse as if he’d been born within the saddle. He all the time knew the solutions to arithmetic questions (even when the tutor did not), he noticed no motive why his sons mustn’t have a tree home (after which he went and constructed it himself), and his snigger was the kind that warmed a physique from the within out.”
In 1803, when Anthony is barely 18 years previous and his youngest sister, Hyacinth, is an toddler, there’s a horrible accident: Edmund is stung by a bee whereas strolling exterior, and he dies virtually immediately, baffling everybody from his household to the docs. It is at this level that Anthony, devastated by that sudden loss, turns into utterly satisfied of 1 factor: he can by no means surpass his father, together with in age. From then on, he is completely sure that he, too, will die at age 38. (And, sure, this backstory is the rationale for that bee motif that is threaded by means of the primary season!)
Anthony’s trauma from shedding his father, and his certainty that he’ll die younger, too, drives quite a lot of his habits early on. By the point The Viscount Who Beloved Me picks up, Anthony is quickly developing on age 30, and he is determined at this level that he must get married as rapidly as attainable, to essentially the most appropriate spouse attainable, and begin bearing heirs — in any case, he thinks, he solely has eight years left to safe the Bridgerton line. As a result of he is so positive he will not reside lengthy, he particularly does not need a love match, not wanting to depart anybody behind mourning so deeply, like his mom did for his father. After all, that is Bridgerton we’re speaking about, so that will not final lengthy, however it explains so much about him that we will not wait to see developed over the subsequent season!