Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes Co-Authoring Queen Charlotte Bridgerton Prequel Novel

By Lori Perkins

Image taken from Shondaland


I think I am going to have to pre-order this one!


Julia Quinn, who wrote the eight-novel Bridgerton series that the Netflick/Shonda Rhimes TV series is based on, have announced that they are collaborating to create a prequel series to the show about Queen Charlotte, wife to King George (in both real historical life and in the show). We have been told that the novel will tell the story of how Charlotte met and married King George, with a focus on how their love lead to a social shift that created the racially inclusive world seen in the TV series.


The character of Queen Charlotte is the creation of Bridgerton creator Chris Van Dusen.

“Queen Charlotte has been such a moving character to write and now having the opportunity to work with Julia to adapt this story into a book is such an exciting opportunity,” Rhimes said in a press release. “I can’t wait for fans of this universe to read the story of a character that has resonated so deeply with our audience.”


“Taking Bridgerton from book to screen was fascinating for me to watch, and it’s such an exciting challenge for me to take it in the other direction, this time crafting Shonda’s brilliant vision into a novel,” Quinn added. “I’m especially thrilled to have the opportunity to write about Queen Charlotte, who was not in the original novels. Her character —and Golda Rosheuvel’s brilliant portrayal of her— was a tour de force, and I think readers will love getting a chance to know her more deeply.”


The novel will be published by Avon Books, the longtime publisher of Quinn’s Bridgerton novels and will be timed to tie-in with the spinoff series on Netflix, which currently does not yet have a premiere date.