Marriage laws in Regency England

Highlighting facts behind Historical Romance with Jude Knight’s research into marriage laws. Most readers of Regency romance have a fair handle on what it was like to be a resident of Regency England, but some of what we think we know is the exception rather than the rule, and some is just plain wrong. Here’s […]

Lifting the Fallen Women

Highlighting the facts behind Historical Romance with Jude Knight. In Georgian and Regency England, women who had sex out of wedlock were regarded as ‘fallen’. (Unlike men who had sex out of wedlock, who were only doing what came naturally, according to the opinions of the time.) It’s hard to know how many of those […]

Into the Slums with Aldridge

I travel. Sometimes I travel by boat, plane, or automobile. Sometimes I travel by book. Sometimes I explore the real world. This week I rambled through the worst sections of London with the Marquis of Aldridge. I wouldn’t normally dare go to St. Giles, Seven Dials, the Devil’s Acre etc., the lairs of thieves, murderers, […]

Legitimacy, Appearances, and Pedigree: Hypocrisy Among the Upper Classes

Highlighting facts behind the fiction with Jude Knight and her Melting Matilda The premise of my novella Melting Matilda is that an earl, the head of one of the upper ton families, could not consider a mesalliance with someone of humble and scandalous birth. Certainly, those same ton families had many scandals of their own […]

Not Just a Christmas Treat

Highlighting facts behind historical fiction with Jude Knight and the Gingerbread Bride The term Gingerbread is now used to mean any sweet treat that uses ginger with one or more of honey, molasses, or treacle. It can refer to shapes or edible houses made of cookie dough with those ingredients, or more cake-like loaves. Whatever, […]

The Capetown Slave Lodge: Dark, Wet, and Dirty

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight on Capetown’s dark history. The second oldest building in Cape Town is a cultural history museum. It was once the offices of the British government who occupied the colony in 1806, and later the Supreme Court and then the home of the Legislative Council of the Cape Colony. This […]

Gun Rights and Armed Retainers

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight on gun rights and constitutional law in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. I was researching English gun rights before the recent massacre in my peaceful little country. I wanted to know what English law said about armed retainers in the early nineteenth century, because I want my characters […]

The Follow Your Star Holiday Hop

Greetings! I wish you all the best this holiday season on behalf of the Bluestocking Belles.   Welcome to our holiday blog hop in celebration of our new collection of holiday stories, Follow Your Star Home. Be sure to check below for special sale pricing and the Blog Hop Giveaway I offer you the gift […]

Monday Blues

  It’s a rainy Monday here in the urban wilds of eastern Pennsylvania, and I’m having a bit of a let down after a delightful weekend. How was it delightful? Over one hundred and sixty folks came to help the Bluestocking Belles celebrate the launch of Follow Your Star Home, our newest holiday anthology: eight […]

The Silk Roads

Highlighting Historical Romance today with Jude Knight and Follow Your Star Home. The Silk Roads, a tangled interweaving network of routes that linked Europe to the Far East, formally opened for trade during the Han Dynasty of China, that is, more than 2,300 years ago. It used parts of the Royal Road, which was even […]