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Who Would You be in Viking History?

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on February 17, 2018
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Who Would You be in Viking History?

  Taking a different turn in Viking history for another look at the women who shaped the Norse world. This post is different. It’s something of a Cosmo-esque quiz. Read about four real Viking women, consider their character traits, and see which one matches your personality the best. Further down is the reveal with a brief bio. Then you tell me in the comments who which true historical woman you identify with. Have...

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Putting His Best Foot Forward: A Story of Rollo the Walker by Gina Conkle

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on February 15, 2018
in France, Jarls Kings & Leaders series, Normandy, Rollo, Viking history
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Putting His Best Foot Forward: A Story of Rollo the Walker by Gina Conkle

  Bend or Stand?   Today’s post takes you back to Normandy with a funny, but true, tale of humor and diplomacy a la Viking style.   Thanks to History Channel’s Vikings, most people know Ragnar Lothbrok and his Viking raiders pillaged Paris to the bone. He and his massive army camped out on the Seine River, conducting raids from 845-846. Yes, that’s right. He gave monasteries, villages, and the citadel of Paris a...

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When a Chieftain Breaks the Law by Gina Conkle

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on February 8, 2018
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When a Chieftain Breaks the Law by Gina Conkle

  When you say “Viking” and “Chieftain” in the same sentence, images of powerful men come to mind. You might also conjure a “wild west” style of lawlessness. This perception is well-earned in some cases. Yet, Viking history and their sagas presents a more nuanced picture. One case in point takes us to Iceland. Last week  shared the true tale of Audr the Deep-Minded, an amazing female leader in...

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Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

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on February 1, 2018
in & Leaders blog series, adventure, Book of Settlements, History Thursday, Iceland, Viking history, Viking women
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Audr the Deep Minded: Jarls, Kings, and Leaders Blog series

Follow my blog with Bloglovin   This month we’re turning back to the Viking Age with the Jarls, Kings, and Leaders blog series. The first outline I did looked like a Who’s Who of Viking men. And that was my problem. The line-up didn’t feel right. We won’t neglect the men, but I’m not going to start with them.  So, we’re starting with the heart and soul of this series. With Viking women. Get cozy and warm because we’re turning...

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Surprises I Encountered while Writing The Lord Meets His Lady by Gina Conkle

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on January 25, 2018
in Georgian Era, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, Marriage of Convenience, Midnight Meetings series, Romance
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And one more thing about those Georgian marriages…   Bigamy was a problem in Georgian England. The Marriage Act of 1753, passed into law March 1754, was supposed to put the kibosh on illicit elopements and the trickier problem of bigamy. In pervious centuries, most brides and grooms married in their home parish. A select few married by special license.   By the Georgian period (defined by the four King Georges who reigned from...

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Five Historical Facts I Learned While Writing the Midnight Meetings Series by Gina Conkle

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on January 18, 2018
in Georgian Era, Georgian romance, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, Romance
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Five Historical Facts I Learned While Writing the Midnight Meetings Series by Gina Conkle

  (pssst…there’s a surprise ahead!) Georgian England was a place and time of excitement and wonder. Lots of changes going. Lots of money flowing around England. Lots of crime and inventions. But, you know what interests me? The little things about daily life during the period of the four King Georges—not *gasp* the fashions. I know. That’s sacrilege for a historical romance reader since most people want the gorgeous gowns....

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Guest Author, Emily Murdoch, with a Special Offer

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on January 16, 2018
in Guest Author, historical romance, Regency romance, Romance
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Guest Author, Emily Murdoch, with a Special Offer

  Have you ever wanted to work with an author to craft a story?   Regency author Emily Murdoch is offering just that if you support her Kickstarter campaign to launch her new eight book Ravishing Regencies series. If you pledge £19/$25 to her Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get eight ebooks, a signed paperback, an exclusive limited edition bookmark AND a digital surprise! There are rewards for just £4/$5, and opportunities to name...

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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on January 11, 2018
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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

  Oh, the naughtiness of a quickie wedding! Early Georgian England teemed with elopements, creating scores of under-aged brides and pesky bigamists. During that era, people could marry wherever and whenever they wanted, as long as a clergyman presided over the ceremony. By the 1740s, fast weddings in England became a booming industry thanks to shady clergymen in London’s Southwark ward. Because of those few bad apples, people called for...

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How to Enjoy London Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on January 4, 2018
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How to Enjoy London Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

    The Georgian era was a fascinating shift from pastoral to urban living. The economic boom brought scientific advances. Much of the populace elevated themselves to a better place in life—especially the merchant class. Entertainments abounded. Life’s little luxuries were affordable. People enjoyed a diversity of products pouring into London on a regular basis. In researching the Midnight Meetings series, I came across many...

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How to Stock a Kitchen Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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on December 28, 2017
in 18th century, Food history, Georgian Era, Gina Conkle, History Thursday, How to Feast Like a Georgian, Romance, The Lady Meets Her Match
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How to Stock a Kitchen Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

  England’s flourishing economy under the four King Georges (1714 – 1830) spilled over to the kitchen. Culinary delights were in demand. The number of pastry chefs and confectioners increased by almost 20,000 from the late Georgian period to middle Victorian era. Recipe books abounded. Inventors tinkered with refrigeration as early as 1755. The first gas stove was developed in the 1820s (and patented in 1826). Was cooking then the same...

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