Some history

Women composers in the Regency – In many respects, being an artist, musician, or writer was seen as being “in trade,” the same as a shop clerk, shoemaker, or bricklayer. Read more

Newspapers in the Regency – Newspapers in the 1700s and early 1800s practiced a form of “advocacy journalism,” a term we’re hearing more of in the US these days. Until one changed its ways. Read more

American Loyalists – Some 15-20 percent of all the white people in the British colonies in 1770s America when revolution from Britain was declared were Loyalists, also called Tories or Royalists. What happened to them during the war? Read more

American Refugees – Of course, the British lost the American War of Independence. Of the white Loyalists, about 15 percent fled the colonies after the British surrender, many to Canada or Florida. Read more

In 1808, what politically led to the British entering the war on the side of erstwhile enemy Spain? Two parts: Calling All Patriots and The Trouble with Cintra

Remembering the Battle of Corunna — In 1808, Britain sent an army to the coastal town of La Coruña (A Coruña in Galician) with orders to march toward Madrid and, joining with British forces coming up from Portugal and Spanish on the field, rout the invading French armies from Spain. Nothing went as expected for the allies. Read more

In Search of Corunna 1809 — While writing The Spanish Patriot, I arranged to spend two weeks in A Coruña, walking the streets of old town and looking for ghosts. Read more

Napoleon in England – What? Napoleon in England? Well, English waters, at least, in 1815. Read more

Remembering Peterloo – While writing my sprawling romantic historical An Untitled Lady, I arranged to travel to Manchester, England, the week of 16 August 2010, the 190th anniversary of the big protest march I set at the heart of the story. Read more.

A Response to Peterloo – On Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “The Masque of Anarchy”

Why I put a melee in a romantic novel – It might seem odd to set a story about two people falling in love in the middle of the troubles that led to Peterloo, but for me love helps people see things more clearly—including the outside world. Read more

[on writing] Killing the biggest darling –  While writing An Untitled Lady, I discovered I had to do more than just trim out the beautiful but unnecessary sentences.

Sources: Corunna 1809 – The main references I used when writing The Spanish Patriot

Sources: London 1815 – The main references I used when writing A Note of Scandal

Sources: Manchester 1819 – The main references I used when writing An Untitled Lady

Book-club guide for An Untitled Lady – Covers story and history

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