On soldiering

From a letter by Edward Charles Cocks, intelligence officer during Peninsular War (1812): “One word more generally on the profession. Few regard soldiers in their true light, that is as Continue ReadingOn soldiering

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From the mouths of babes, 19th century style

From Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad; At Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (text at Google books, general ebooks): [In Lyons] The Place Louis le Grand is Continue ReadingFrom the mouths of babes, 19th century style

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The birth of an island

  First-hand account from 1831 of an island being made between Tunisia and Italy, from Recollections of a Rifleman’s Wife, at Home and Abroad, by F. M. Fitzmaurice (1851) (PDF at Google Continue ReadingThe birth of an island

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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 Continue ReadingRemembering Peterloo

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Battle of Bladensburg, 2014

This weekend was the bicentennial of the Battle of Bladensburg, also known as the Bladensburg races by the British, whose soldiers watched the US militias turn and run. After the Continue ReadingBattle of Bladensburg, 2014

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Why I Put a Melee in a Romantic Novel

Why would a romance-loving writer like me set a story in the middle of a melee? My latest novel, An Untitled Lady, includes events around 16 August 1819 in Manchester, Continue ReadingWhy I Put a Melee in a Romantic Novel

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Release Day! An Untitled Lady

It’s finally here! Available from Musa Publishing, Amazon, and etailers everywhere. I’m especially excited to hear your response to this story. People who love history and a little realism along with Continue ReadingRelease Day! An Untitled Lady

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Photos: Battle of Bladensburg 2013

On this date 199 years ago, the British overran the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg. The 1814 skirmish has been called “the greatest disgrace ever dealt to American arms.” Continue ReadingPhotos: Battle of Bladensburg 2013

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Satire, 1819-style

From my research-pile, a snippet of one of the snarky songs of the late Regency period: WHEN full sedition’s stalking through the land, It then behoves each patriotic band      Of Continue ReadingSatire, 1819-style

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Long live Sharpe

In the past six weeks, I’ve blown through more than 20 of the Richard Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell (holding off on the 1820-set one to use as incentive to Continue ReadingLong live Sharpe

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