Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard (part 2)

Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard (part 2)

  American Royalty — 5 Americans Who’ve Married Up      ~ first in a multi-part America’s Princess series   by Sonja Rouillard, author of the Romance Readers Guide to Historic London   Continuing last week’s fun look at true marrying up romance tales…   A recent royaling-up is Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid, formerly Sarah Butler of Texas. While not poor, neither was she uber-rich as are most...

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Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard

Guest Post: Marrying Up by Sonja Rouillard

  American Royalty — 5 Americans Who’ve Married Up      ~ first in a multi-part America’s Princess series   by Sonja Rouillard, author of the Romance Readers Guide to Historic London   I love historical romances and my favorites are about commoners “marrying up.” Even better, if they feature an upstart American. So, you can guess that I’m over the freakin’ moon about the upcoming royal wedding between Prince...

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

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

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

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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How to Elope Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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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