In Jane Austen’s books, most naval men come home to their wives, sisters, mothers, and sweethearts. Service at sea in the Napoleonic Wars was cast in Austen’s novels as more opportunity than threat, with young men going forth to make their fortune and returning as captains ready to wed. The only seaman to not… Read more The Danger of His Majesty’s Service
Robert (Rabbie) Burns was born to a tenet farming family on 25 January 1759 in the village of Alloway, near Ayr. His father died in 1784, leaving Rabbie as head of the family. In July 1786 Burns published his first work, known as the Kilmarnock volume, entitled Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect. The book… Read more Scotia’s Bard
On 24 January 1536 Henry VIII had a jousting accident. Not only was he hit hard, his horse, wearing hundreds of pounds of armor, fell on top of him. The king was unconscious for more than two hours, and it was feared he wouldn’t live. Was this sever concussion the reason Henry began his reign… Read more Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall
Can I just say, AGAIN, that with it being so close to the release of Mansfield Parsonage on the 28th, that I am a mass of jitters? I am so hopeful that you all will enjoy the book, and that will delight Austen fans. But why did I chose Mansfield Park, out of all of… Read more Mansfield Parsonage awaits!
Woot! I now have a firm date for the release of my new novel, Mansfield Parsonage! The book, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park from anti-heroine Mary Crawford’s point of view, will be available for purchase on 28 January 2017 … which is also the first day of the Chinese New Year! It will… Read more Release Date for Mansfield Parsonage!!
The Dutch Republic ended on 18 January 1795 with the founding of the Batavian Republic. The authoritarian regime of the stadtholder, William V, Prince of Orange was overthrow by the Dutch Patriots demanding a democratic government, after which William fled to England, taking refuge in the “Dutch House” at Kew Palace. During the last quarter… Read more Revolutions Everywhere
The least known and arguably the best writer among the justly lauded Bronte siblings was the youngest, Anne, who was born on 17 January 1820. As Jane Austen was a seminal writer in the Regency era, Anne Bronte – writing under the male pseudonym, Acton Bell – help shaped Victorian literature while her works openly… Read more Anne Bronte, Feminist and Favorite
Anna Lætitia Aikin Barbauld was a renown English poet and author, and her works were eagerly anticipated. She was one of the most admired female writers in the Georgian era, and was lauded both at home and abroad. (In the below picture, Nine Living Muses of Great Britain by Richard Samuel, Barbauld is the one… Read more Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, a Poem
Why is Friday 13th unlucky? Because King Philip IV of France strong-armed Pope Clement V into helping him launch a secret attack on the Knights Templar at dawn on Friday, 13 October 1307, leading to their persecution and destruction, which brought down a curse upon the 300-year-old ruling House of Capet. The curse and scandal… Read more The Curse of the Knights Templar
In my opinion, Whig politician William Wyndham Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, is an incredibly underrated Prime Minister of Great Britain. He was in power only a year (11 February 1806 – 31 March 1807) but he used that brief time to drag the UK kicking and screaming onto the moral high ground by leading the… Read more Honor Isn’t Profitable, But it IS Good