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, […]

The Slums of London in Regency England

Highlighting the Facts behind Historical Romance with Jude Knight Like any big city, London has always had slum areas. In the early nineteenth century, they were noxious and dangerous. I’ve been studying them for the last two novels in my Regency series, The Return of the Mountain King. In 1800, over a million people lived […]

Paradise is a Garden

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight’s thoughts on inspiration in a garden Creative inspiration is an amazing thing. Artists — storytellers in particular — are often asked where their ideas come from. The answer ‘everywhere’, though true, is unhelpful. What questioners really want to know is ‘why did this idea strike you at this time’. […]

The Seeds of War

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight’s thoughts on war and seeds of war at the Cape of Good Hope In 1806, the British fought and won a battle near Cape Town. At stake was the control of the only port in Southern Africa for ships making the long journey from Europe around the Cape of […]

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 […]

Buy the Best! Two hundred years of advertising

Highlighting Historical Romance with Jude Knight I’m doing the pre-format check of the Bluestocking Belles’ latest box set, Valentines from Bath, and I’ve been creating relevant advertisement to use as breaks between stories. To get them correct, I’ve dived into one of my favourite research resources: the British Newspaper Archive. This database offers nearly 30 […]

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 […]