There is a new film called Love and Friendship starring Kate Beckinsale, which brings Jane’s Austen’s novella Lady Susan to our screens. But who was the real Lady Susan on whom the story is based? Read my piece on the UK Regency Authors Blog to hear about “The Cruel Mrs C” another member of the … Continue reading The Real Lady Susan Vernon
For those readers who would like to find our more about the historical background to House of Shadows, there is a blog site dedicated to Ashdown House, with articles, photos, news and views, from the history of the Craven family to the secrets of the mystical sarsen stones, from Elizabethan armada warning beacons to Iron … Continue reading Step into Ashdown’s Story
I’ve been a fan of timeslip novels all my reading life. There are the old favourites from when I was growing up: A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, Astercote by Penelope Lively, and later Green Darkness and The House on the Strand. When I discovered Ferney by James Long I was blown away. These … Continue reading The Lure of the Timeslip Novel
Here’s a quick link to three great blog pieces for history lovers this week: Firstly, on the UK Regency Authors’ Blog, Elizabeth Hawksley talks about the importance of sons in Victorian families: http://historicalromanceuk.blogspot.co.uk/ On the Word Wenches, Louise Allen blogs about the trials and tribulations of stagecoach travel in the early 19th century: http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2015/03/travelling-the-roads-of-regency-england-with-louise-allen.html And … Continue reading Blog Round Up
Today on the Word Wenches blog I am talking about a recent visit to the exhibitions at Kensington Palace. From the advice on how to survive at the Georgian Court to Queen Victoria’s wedding dress, from Queen Mary’s china to Diana Princess of Wales’ shoulder pads, it was a marvellous day out! Read more about … Continue reading Fashion and History at Kensington Palace
Over on the Word Wench Blog today we are talking about the aphrodisiac effects of snow! It’s pretty, it sends you scurrying to cuddle up with a loved one – or maybe a good book! Have you had a snowmance? Do you have a favourite snow romance? Come and tell us about it!
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Swan Theatre at Stratford-on-Avon as part of my birthday treat. I went to see The Roaring Girl, a proto-feminist play written in the 17th century about a cross-dressing sword-wielding heroine called Moll Cutpurse. Over on the Word Wench blog today I am talking about Mary Frith, … Continue reading Mary Frith, the Roaring Girl!
Over on the UK Regency Authors blog today I am talking about my visit to the gorgeous Stokesay Castle. Stokesay was a “Craven house” like Ashdown and I had a fabulous time there. There are some lovely pictures too!
Over on the Word Wench blog today we’re chatting about costume drama old and new. Were you a fan of Poldark? Are you looking forward to the remake? And have the recent new period dramas been as good as the classics of the 1970s and 80s? Drop by the Word Wenches and let us know … Continue reading The Revival of the Costume Drama
On the Regency Authors’ blog today I am celebrating, if that’s the right word, the day that the famous highwayman Dick Turpin was hanged at York and reflecting on his myth and his exploits. Drop by to share your favourite outlaw tales!