Visiting Grosvener Square

I travel. Sometimes I travel by boat, plane, or automobile. Sometimes I travel by book. This week I rambled through Mayfair with Mary Lancaster from a modest home on Half Moon Street to a shabby past its prime house on Charles Street to the homes of the truly wealthy on Grosvener Square.   As opulent […]

Female Pugilism in the Regency Era

Highlighting the facts behind historical fiction with Edie Cay. Boxing was the sport of the Regency era. Pugilism was considered the noblest and manliest pursuit, and thus, the most English of pastimes. Male prizefighters were celebrities, gaining fame and fortune, but women also fought for sport. I based the character of Bess Abbott, the heroine […]

Allhallowtide

Highlighting Historical Romance with Charlotte Brothers and the facts about Allhallowtide behind A Bird in the Hand. Thank you, Caroline and readers, for this opportunity to wave my hand in the air and share a little bit about A Year in Cherrybrook. I am a big fan of Caroline’s well-crafted stories, and the Bluestocking Belles […]

Naval Operations at Great Yarmouth

Highlighting the history behind the fiction with Rue Allyn and her research into the Office of Ordnance. Caroline, my thanks to you personally and your followers for the opportunity to share an obscure bit of English history about The Office of Ordnance—the organization responsible for arming the British Navy during the Napoleonic wars. It was […]

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 […]