Ladies Boxing

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Highlighting Historical Romance with Edie Cay about Ladies boxing in Georgian England

            Regency England is a well-researched topic. I was able to use plenty of respected secondary sources that compiled information, like maps and descriptions of London. However, when researching Regency boxing, sources became very focused, and when researching women’s participation boxing, resources were sparse.

            My book, A LADY’S REVENGE is about women boxing during the Regency era. This is a true phenomena, and in the prior century, the Georgian Era, the most famous boxer was actually a woman. While I did not base my main character on her, I did use her as the basis for a secondary character, who will have her own book next in the series.

            My primary source for boxing was a man named Pierce Egan. He was a sportswriter who viewed pugilism as the manliest and noblest of all sports, which is why it was quintessentially English. He was prolific, and wrote serialized pieces in a collection called Boxiana. His writings propelled the use of slang (or cant, as it is also called), and could be used like a Rosetta Stone. Boxing slang heavily influenced the cant of the time, and continues to do so.

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            Some examples people probably already know: “up to scratch” is a boxing reference. There were no set time limits per round. A round lasted as long as the boxers were standing. If someone went to the ground, then that ended the round. They had thirty seconds in their corners to recover, and then had to return to the middle, where a line was scratched in the ground. In order to continue the fight, they had to be up to scratch, where they would go toe-to-toe.

            But there was slang for spectators as well, a “cove” could be “fly,” if he knew the proper slang, and could discuss a match (also called a “mill”) using cant.

About the Book, A LADY’S REVENGE

Lady Lydia Sommerset is an earl’s daughter. At the ripe age of twenty-five, she still wears the lavish gowns and dances the dainty steps of the haute ton as if she were pursuing a husband; but she her goals are far more personal. Instead, she pursues her tormenters: the men who bet that taking a girl’s virginity really can cure a brothel’s plague. Pugilism, England’s manliest pastime, is her only relief. Training in secret with a female boxer keeps her sane, but when her instructor is hired away by one of the men she is seeking to destroy, she is in a bind.

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John Arthur was a street kid who dazzled with his fists, he now impresses as a miracle worker on the London Stock Exchange. But a man can’t forget a boyhood spent in the gutter. Easy-going and affable, John Arthur knows he should be happy with a full belly and coin-filled pockets. But when he finds a woman who finds boxing as vital as he does, his life gets suddenly complicated.

Caught between revenge and finding love with a man who might truly understand her, Lady Lydia must commit to opening her heart or closing it forever.

About the Author

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Katie Stine, who writes as Edie Cay, has an MFA in Creative Writing and a host of other degrees. She is a history buff, an avid traveler, and an eager reader of all genres. She has lived all over the United States, but currently calls California home. Under her other name, she has published articles and participated in documentary filmmaking. She is a member of the Paper Lantern Writers, a historical fiction author collective, as well as a member of the Historical Novel Society. A LADY’S REVENGE is her first published novel.


5 thoughts on “Ladies Boxing

  1. Sounds an interesting book in some respects, but if she’s been raped or seduced by men with social diseases she should not think for one minute of marrying her boxing instructor as it would kill him too. also, if she is quality, surely she has recourse to the law for essentially devaluing her as a marriage partner? Seduction was a crime even if she was somehow persuaded and not raped. We all know she’s going to die horribly, which takes the glamour of looking for a HEA.
    If she has eluded being bedded by these villains, forcibly or otherwise, that should be made clear in the blurb. the thought of the point of a romance being her passing this on to a good man and any innocent children they have rather spoils the whole thing.

    • Sounds like you should read the book to answer your questions and see how Lydia makes her own heart’s authentic HEA. It publishes on February 1, but you can preorder now!

  2. this is the thing; I might do so but I have limited budget, and if a blurb predisposes me towards thinking that I have a good chance of being disappointed I won’t buy the book, I’ll get another on my fiction wish list for my fiction allowance.
    and if she has avoided being given the clap, a sentence in the blurb could fix that l- something like ‘furious at how close she had come to being infected ….’

    I hate writing blurb myself but if you will take some advice, it would be better to fix it now before it goes out.

  3. I learn the most interesting things reading these blogs. Although I’m sure cat fights have been around since the beginning of time, I never would have guessed that actual female boxing matches existed in the 18th century.

    Your book sounds interesting. Certainly out of the ordinary.

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