I must say that adored The Raven’s Widow, both as a historian and as an avid reader. The book is a narrative of the life of Jane Parker Boleyn, widow of George Boleyn and a woman who has been used as a malignant foil for many fictional writers based on unsubstantiated historical rumors and not… Read more The Raven’s Widow
Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547, but the time needed to have his body lavishly embalmed and his funeral procession planned meant that the king was not actually buried in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor until almost three weeks later. On 14 February the king’s funeral procession began its journey from Whitehall, where the… Read more Bluff King Hal is Laid to Rest
Edward Seymour, a man born to a mere country “sir”, became the Duke of Somerset on 17 February 1547 by a combination of ruthlessness, mendacity, ambition, and the good luck to have a sister whom King Henry VIII had wanted to boink. Jane Seymour died less than two weeks after the birth of the king’s… Read more The New Duke of Somerset
Happy Valentines Day! As a treat, here is a guest post by the talented romance writer, Maria Grace. She is also a fan of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, resulting one of the best author photos of all time: Romance writing and a fabulous sense of humor? Yes, please! Take it away Grace — … Read more A Guest Post by Maria Grace!
In my book Edward VI in a Nutshell I postulate that Edward VI, Arthur Tudor, and Henry Fitzroy all died in their mid teens of nonclassic (atypical) cystic fibrosis. Non-classic CF could also be a clue in the long-standing historical whodunit (or who didn’t dun it) of whether or not Katherina of Aragon and Arthur… Read more Did Arthur Tudor Consummate his Marriage?
He was the best of men, he was the worst of men … Charles Dickens, who was born on 7 February 1812 in Portsmouth, was undeniably a genius. He remains one of the best know, and justifiably most lauded, writers in the English language. One of his greatest gifts was that of characterization. He not… Read more Happy Birthday to Charles Dickens
Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, was born on 3 February 1393 to Henry “Hotspur” Percy and Elizabeth Mortimer. He was just a 10 year old boy when his father died at the Battle of Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403, but if Hotspur had not been killed by a rogue arrow to the face during… Read more The Percys — Aphids on the Yorkist Rose
The second day of February is a big day in the liturgical calendar, although (alas!) most people don’t seen to realize that nowadays. In ancient times for the Celtic world it was Imbolc, or the beginning of spring. It falls halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and the days are noticeably longer… Read more Candlemas & Imbolc & St. Brigid’s Day &
Woot! My newest book has gone live! Grab one while it’s fresh! Here’s the burb: Fans of Jane Austen will recognise the players and the setting – Mansfield Park has been telling the story of Fanny Price and her happily ever after for more than 200 years. But behind the scenes of Mansfield Park, there’s… Read more Mansfield Parsonage is Here!!
My youngest daughter, Bubbles, is seven years old today. I have become a cliché; that mom who cannot believe how fast the time has flown past and who cannot fathom how here “baby” has become a big girl so quickly. It feels as though it were yesterday that I brought her home from the hospital.… Read more Happy 7th Birthday Bubbles!