Category Archives: Other Blogs & Guest Blogging

The Real Lady Susan Vernon

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

Step into Ashdown’s Story

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

The Lure of the Timeslip Novel

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

Blog Round Up

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: On the Word Wenches, Louise Allen blogs about the trials and tribulations of stagecoach travel in the early 19th century: And … Continue reading Blog Round Up

Fashion and History at Kensington Palace

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!

Mary Frith, the Roaring Girl!

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!

The Dandy Highwayman

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!