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
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
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