It is amazing how many of our Christmas “traditions” are less than 200 years old. The Yuletide, as the Anglo-influenced world sees it, is mostly Germanic and mostly the creation of Charles Dickens under the influence of Queen Victoria’s cultural trendsetting. By the way, I managed to get Charles Dickens into my forthcoming book, Mansfield… Read more A Christmas Season Before Victoria
Yesterday my husband and I took our children to Margam Country Park, which is near Port Talbot in south Wales. It is more than 800 acres of pretty landscape and and home of some remarkable historic buildings. To wit: the ruins of Margam Abbey, the Margam Orangery from the Regency period, and Margam Castle. Thus,… Read more Ruins and Regency
Public popularity is a fickle, fickle thing. In fact, one of the things that will turn the public against you is becoming “too” popular. Worse, there was nothing so loathed in Regency England (and to some extent, today) as an underdog that seemed to be winning; support was on your side only as long as… Read more The Tide Turns Against Caroline of Brunswick
In 1803 Napoleon Bonaparte had barely begun his quest to be the New Alexander and to create a French Empire that would rival that of the Romans. He had become a national hero in 1796 at the tender age of 26 when he led his troops in the French Revolutionary Army to victory against the… Read more Napoleon Sold the Louisiana Territory because Haitians Kicked His Butt
Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France was born 19 December 1778, the eldest child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and the only member of her immediate family to survive the bloodbath of the French Revolution. She was a well-loved child, adored by both her doting parents. Marie Antoinette reportedly cooed to her newborn baby, whom everyone… Read more Marie Therese of France
Jane Austen came into the world, considerably past her due date, on 16 December 1775 at Steventon Rectory. Her parents had been expecting her arrival for more than three weeks, and since she was the seventh child the stork had bequeathed to the Austen’s, they had been sanguine about their estimation of her appearance and… Read more Happy Birthday Jane Austen!
I just got some bad news. Due to an issue with the book layout my publisher just caught, the book launch will be delayed. Since it is almost Christmas, and the Western world tends to shut down and back up at Christmas, the book may not come out until early January now. Well, poop. I’ll… Read more Alas! Woe! Delay!
In my soon-to-be-released novel, Mansfield Parsonage, my heroine, Mary Crawford, loves Indian food. How, you may ask, is this possible in 1812? Its not like there were Indian restaurants in London that early in the 19th century! Well, there’s were you are going to be surprised. The first Indian restaurant in London was the Hindoostane… Read more Indian Food in Regency London
Mansfield Parsonage comes out this Friday, and I am both a nervous wreck and hella excited all at the same time. It being my first piece of fiction prose, I am as anxious for a good reception as I was for my first “baby”, Blood Will Tell. For some reason, the nonfiction books became easier… Read more December at Mansfield Parsonage
The second wife of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Maria Ludovica Leopoldina Franziska Therese Josepha Lucia, was born 12 December 1791, the first child of Emperor Francis II of Austria by his second wife, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily. Her name was revised to the more Francophone form, Maria Louise, when she wed Napoleon in… Read more Happy Birthday to Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma