Tale of the Scone by Guest Author Virginia Heath

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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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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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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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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How to Enjoy London Like a Georgian by Gina Conkle

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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