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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How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

How ‘Dark’ were the Dark Ages for Women?

The Dark Ages. Those times conjure bad images. Disease. Famine. Poverty. When barbarians trounced Rome, a power vacuum hung over Europe. The vast connection of roads once protected by Roman soldiers gave way to outlaws. By the 6th century, the great empire was reduced to a fraction of its might. But, were the Dark Ages so bad? If you travel north, you’ll find the law of primogeniture (the tradition of oldest male relative — ie eldest...

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History Thursday: Peter the Wild Boy, a Georgian Oddity

Welcome to ‘History Thursday’ where you get quick historical flashbacks    “Peter the Wild Boy” — a Georgian era oddity Tweet Share   Do you love Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’? Disney’s much loved movie is based on Kipling’s tales of Mowgli, a wild boy of India. There’s also Edgar Rice Burrough’s ‘Tarzan’ of the African continent, another wild man...

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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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Warning! Shocking News Ahead

If you’re a woman… People tend to have preconceived notions of a woman’s place in history. Some true, many not. I challenge you to peel back the layers of time. Take another look at people and places worthy of deeper consideration. I write Viking and Georgian romance. Yet, every time I open a non-fiction book on these eras, I discover fascinating nuggets of history. Here are three to consider:   Thralls (slaves) Throw out everything you...

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The Time for Thanks & Enchanted Times Blog Hop is Here!!!

Ready to travel the road of books and history?   Today I’m sharing snippets from my recent newsletter…a little history, a little book news & teasers. But, most of all, I’m thankful for you. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you, Reader.  Most of you know I write Viking romance.  When New Year comes, I’ll mix it up, and add historical tidbits from that other era I write, the Georgian romance. But now,...

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