Tale of the Scone by Guest Author Virginia Heath

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Tale of the Scone by Guest Author Virginia Heath

Please welcome guest author Virginia Heath for another History Thursday post on food. She’ll parse out all things scone-ish (she’s a Brit, so she knows what she’s talking about). Of course, she writes historical romance. Virginia is also a featured author celebrating the upcoming Royal Wedding on Facebook. More on her book and the Royal Wedding Facebook party to come. But, first…a few words from Virginia Heath on...

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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Christmas Past by Gina Conkle

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How to Feast Like a Georgian: Christmas Past by Gina Conkle

  Georgian Christmases were a gorgeous celebration of pastoral England. Christmas was truly a season, beginning on Saint Nicholas Day (December 6th) and ending on Twelfth Night (January 6th). Parties, balls, and family get togethers marked the time. Feasting flourished—especially during the holidays. But one must look at England’s past to understand this period of the four King Georges. Why limit the fun to one day? The Twelve Days...

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The Lady Meets Her Match Midnight Meetings, book 2 $1.99          Cyrus removed his fine blue coat, the slide of cloth on cloth an inviting sound to her benumbed senses. “You’re not warming up sufficiently.” He leaned in and wrapped his coat over her shoulders, his deep voice like an intimate connection. “Someone needs to take care of you.” She shuddered when his breath tickled her ear. His warmth and nearness was just as...

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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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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...

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The Battle of Hastings: The Long Viking Reach

October 14th marks the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. History lists battle after battle, so what’s the big deal? William the Conqueror changed the face of Europe on that fateful day, moving England…the world into a new era.    How did William get there?   Here’s Five Fast Facts:   1. Son of Robert I, Duke of Normandy and Herleva (aka Arlette), William didn’t let his illegitimate birth stop him...

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Out With The Old & In With The Older

Q: When did keeping up appearances mean going back in time? A: The 18th century. For the history buffs, today’s post is my second on English homes and cottages. We like to feather our nests, reflecting our style and personality. The 18th century family was no different. Toss in the excess of mercantile wealth, and you have people with money to spend. The second half of 18th century England saw a new trend of landlords. Cottage building on...

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