Tag Archives: history

Wrapping up Twitter questions

Today we’ve got a twofer! I’m answering the last two Twitter questions. First up, Christina had a query about imposter syndrome vs. historical fiction: Do you ever feel like you’ve captured the time period? Capturing the time period is impossible, … Continue reading

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References for Kate

Via Twitter, Kate asked: What are your go-to references for historical accuracy in fashion, politics, social interaction, etc? Most readers and writers are familiar with the obvious sources, so I’m going to list a few that might not immediately come … Continue reading

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Today is creepy

When I was a fairly ghoulish child, I developed an interest in queens–notably the ones who were executed. I read voraciously about Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Mary, Queen of Scots, Lady Jane Grey, Marie Antoinette. I sorted them into categories: … Continue reading

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Women in history

Earlier this week we had International Women’s Day, and it seems like a splendid time to link to this fabulous article from English Heritage. It’s an interview with Bettany Hughes, one of my favorite historians, on the subject of women … Continue reading

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Let them eat cake!

That title phrase has long been associated with Marie Antoinette although the truth is that she never said any such thing. (A remark of a long-dead French princess was revived and put into her mouth to indicate her lack of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on historical accuracy

So I was puttering through my archives, tidying things away, and I discovered a mini-rant on the subject of historical authenticity. One of the things people–me included–love to do when a new TV series or book appears is rip into … Continue reading

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Career alternatives

Pootling through the archives, I found this post on a potential alternate career as a courtesan if I’d lived a few centuries ago… So it occurred to me that, in a different time and place, the job of courtesan might … Continue reading

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Victorian round-up!

Which sounds like a really AWESOME rodeo, doesn’t it? But we’re rounding up links, not cattle. I’m posting a few places you might like to visit if you love all things Victorian. *Postal delivery times. Did you know that Londoners … Continue reading

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Talking about Granny Meg

We haven’t had an ancestor post recently, and the visit to Westminster Abbey to see the tomb of Edward I was a chance to give a thought to his wife, Margaret of France. (Unfortunately, her tomb isn’t there. She was … Continue reading

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I’m back, chickens!

I’m back in the US and finally recovered from jet lag. (They say it takes about a day for each hour off you are, and that’s roughly true. It took four days for me to stop falling into bed at … Continue reading

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