A Fortune in Pearls

When Kate escapes from her brother, she takes with her a pearl necklace, her inheritance from her mother. With this, she hopes to be able to establish herself in some sort of business. Now, this may sound unrealistic in this day and age. After all, you can buy a pearl necklace for less than a […]

Traveling Actors during the Regency

  Highlighting the facts behind Historical Romance with Sofi Laporte on Traveling Theaters in the Regency era, and her book, Lucy and the Duke of Secrets. While the great theater houses in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and Haymarket entertained the people of London, a network of travelling actors or strolling players took care of the […]

Textiles, Weaving, and the Old Ways

Highlighting Historical Romance with Rachael Miles and the facts behind her heroine’s textile arts. In Brazen in Blue, Lady Emmeline Hartley runs her estate on the newest, most efficient methods. She even reads the Farmer’s Magazine — as a point of trivia the articles she comments on really did appear in the 1819 volume of that […]

The Seven Curses of London

Highlighting the Facts Behind Historical Romance with Lana Williams When I first encountered a book called The Seven Curses of London while doing research for a book set in Victorian London that I was writing, I was fascinated. The title alone is intriguing, don’t you think? The Seven Curses of London, published in 1869 and […]

Blessings in a Time of Solitude

A fit of grim humor came over me this week I searched for plague jokes. Sometimes laughter is the only medicine that works. But they wore thin. Beloved and I were already keeping in solitude a week ago, you may recall. After a few days of ambivalence and confusion about that we concluded we were […]

Wilfred Bagshott, Portraits

Looking for Wilfred Bagshott’s Portait Booth, Dearie? So is Lady Flora Landrum. The jumble of tents, lean-tos, and shacks at the far end of the ice, where new businesses sprouted up hourly in no particular order, confused Flo. She had left her companion, Lady Georgiana Hayden sipping hot cider and seated inside a marquee, one […]

Shalloons— and Other Wool Textiles

Highlighting Historical Romance with Bronwyn Parry on historical wool textiles. Calamanco, camblet, lastings, shalloons… chances are, you may never have heard these terms. They’re the names of various worsted (wool) textiles that have virtually disappeared from our cultural memory, and yet they were once so common that everyone in Georgian and Regency Britain would have […]

British Amazons

Highlighting Historical Romance with Maria Grace on archery and the British Amazons As the Georgian period drew to a close, an increasing fascination with the medieval past led to a revival of the English archery tradition. (Sounds nothing like what we do today, does it? SCA friends, I’m looking at you!) While most sporting activities […]

Murder Most Foul

Highlighting Historical Romance with Elf Ahearn on grisly murders in the Regency era. The grisly Ratcliffe Highway murders caused panic in London in 1811, yet there were no police to arrest the perpetrator(s), no detectives to hunt them down, and no officials to cordon off the locations. In fact, the public lined up to view […]