Rupert Campbell-Black

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Rupert Edward Algernon Campbell-Black is a fictional character in the Rutshire Chronicles series of romance novels written by Jilly Cooper. He is the great-great-great-great-great-great grandson of Rupert Black (who married Miss Campbell). Campbell-Black's first appearance is in the novel Riders, which follows the lives and loves of a group of horse riders and show-jumpers. Although initially portrayed as a brutish, womanizing, adulterous cad, Campbell-Black's character is later somewhat redeemed through his triumphant winning of an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain. His loyalty is also highlighted through his friendships with Billy Lloyd-Foxe, Ricky France-Lynch and Declan O'Hara, as well as his gentle courtship of his second wife Agatha 'Taggie' O'Hara. He has five children: Marcus and Tabitha from his marriage with Helen Macaulay, adopted children Xavier and Bianca with Taggie, and the illegitimate Perdita.

Cooper has acknowledged that the character of Campbell-Black is based upon Andrew Parker Bowles, the ex-husband of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

In September 2016, Bantam Press published Mount! with the strap line 'Rupert Campbell-Black is back...'.


  • Riders (1986)
  • Rivals (1988)
  • Polo (1991)
  • The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous (1993)
  • Appassionata (1996)
  • Score! (1999)
  • Pandora (2002)
  • Wicked! (2006)
  • Jump! (2010)
  • Mount! (2016)