History Thursday: A Woman’s Wisdom on How to Conquer

  We’ve all heard, “Behind every great man stands a woman.”  I’d push the adage further. Beside every great man stands a great woman.  Especially when it comes to Vikings. Archaeologists have lately declared Viking women fought alongside Viking men — like this is a thrilling revelation. Many assumed the bones found at historical digs belonged to Viking men. Recent DNA tests corrected this.  Turns out a lot...

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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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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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