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On the anniversary of Peterloo, a free read

A protest march in 2009 inspired me to find stories of protest with women participants from earlier days. For my novel An Untitled Lady, I settled on events during the summer of 1819 leading into the Peterloo massacre, on 16 August, for many reasons. It’s well-known, partly because newspaper correspondents were eyewitnesses–and among those arrested […]

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2016 Peterloo remembrance an act of creation

Each year, people gather in Manchester to remember the massive gathering there on 16 August 1819, when a meeting to demand political change turned into a bloodbath when local militia and military cavalry attacked the unarmed crowd. Speakers read speeches of the day and the listing of those killed at the meeting, now called Peterloo, […]

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Prelude to Peterloo: Reformers call for peaceable assembly

FELLOW COUNTRYMEN: … The eyes of all England, nay, of all Europe, are fixed upon you: and every friend of real Reform and of rational Liberty, is tremblingly alive to the result of your Meeting on Monday next. OUR ENEMIES will seek every opportunity by the means of their sanguinary agents to excite a RIOT, […]

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Getting the details right: Peterloo

One of the reasons I chose to write about the Manchester protest later called Peterloo in An Untitled Lady was that there were quite a few good sources on the event. Descriptions by reporters and private correspondents were published in national and local papers; the events led to court trials, which left documents and decisions; […]

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Prelude to Peterloo: Reformers call a Meeting

[First paragraphs] Manchester PUBLIC MEETING. A REQUISITION having been presented to the Boroughreeve and Constables of Manchester, signed by above 700 Inhabitant Householders in a few hours, requesting them to call a PUBLIC MEETING “To consider the propriety of adopting the LEGAL and EFFECTUAL means of obtaining a REFORM in the Common House of Parliament” […]

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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 I set at the heart of the story. Known to history as the Peterloo Massacre, in 1819 some 60–80,000 men, women, and even some children […]

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Catch my post on Peterloo over at Musa

A wreath in remembrance of Peterloo, 16 Aug 1819, laid on 16 Aug 2010 beneath the commemorative plaque in Manchester. I took these photos during my research trip for An Untitled Lady. I’m chatting about Peterloo and my novel over at Musa Publishing’s blog today–come on by and find out which Georgian poet was inspired to […]

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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, England, including a workers’ protest rally that ended with at least 15 people dead. It might seem odd to set a story about two people […]

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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 great romance have been raving about it  (see Goodreads for reviews). I’ve been really impressed (and grateful!) by how many people took the time to write […]

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Remembering 16 August

A wreath in remembrance of Peterloo, 16 Aug 1819, laid on 16 Aug 2010 beneath the commemorative plaque in Manchester. I saw this while on the Peterloo tour given by Ed Glinert through New Manchester Walks. Heard a lot of good details, some of which matched what I’d read and learned, some that was new […]

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