Category Archives: History

Proxy Marriages in the Regency and the Release of “Losing Lizzy” + an Excerpt + a Giveaway

Proxy Marriages in the Regency and the Release of “Losing Lizzy” + an Excerpt + a Giveaway

I have had the concept for “Losing Lizzy” in my head (and occasionally in my dreams) for nearly three years; however, I continued to set the story aside because for it to work, our dear couple had to anticipate their vows. In truth, I am not one who necessarily likes when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth… more goodness …

Fanny Burney: Writer of Her Times

Fanny Burney: Writer of Her Times

Fanny Burney was the female writer before and during Jane Austen’s life. Both in popularity and literary regard, she stood astride the Regency era as the Colossus stood astride the harbor of Rhodes. She published her first novel, Evelina, when Jane Austen was three years old, hit her publishing peak as Jane was beginning her… more goodness …

Meet Francis Grose, Author of 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue and My 6th Great Uncle

Meet Francis Grose, Author of 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue and My 6th Great Uncle

As my novels are set in the early part of the 1800s, attempting to discover appropriate words to express “dismay” or “disgust” often sends me searching out my copy of 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, a Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence. The book is written by one Francis Grose.   Amazon… more goodness …

Surprising Pre-Regency Era Inventions

Surprising Pre-Regency Era Inventions

As all historical novelists are aware, even though writing fiction with “creative license” as an important aspect of the story telling, we must be careful with facts. This begins with diligently researching the historical period in which our stories are set, but also researching all the previous eras. Accuracy in history is critical, not just… more goodness …

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Top 10 Goofs in Mansfield Park (2007)

Prior to writing this post, I had only watched this version of Mansfield Park one time, about a decade ago on my local public television station.  Frankly, I haven’t felt compelled to revisit it up to now. With the vague recollection that I hadn’t been particularly impressed, I dove in, trying to keep an open… more goodness …

Jane Austen, Contagions, & the Danger of Doubling

Jane Austen, Contagions, & the Danger of Doubling

It has been so long since a disastrous contagion swept through the Western world that most of us have forgotten how deadly contagious diseases are. The scariest in my lifetime was polio, because the disease could cripple as well as kill. I remember lining up at the local high school with all the other kids… more goodness …

Strange Pets in History, or Support Animals gone too far!

Strange Pets in History, or Support Animals gone too far!

We have all seen the stories of bizarre so-called “support animals” brought (or attempted to be brought) onto airplanes or into public places such as restaurants. A rapid Google search yields dozens of reports and photos of reptiles including snakes, potbellied pigs, assorted birds (ducks and turkeys seem popular), miniature horses, kangaroos, various rodents, monkeys,… more goodness …