Today I am delighted to be a guest at Pittsburgh Historical Fiction Examiner. A special thank you to Kayla for inviting me to follow in the virtual footsteps of such historical fiction favorites as C.W. Gortner, Juliet Grey, Donna Russo Morin, Gillian Bagwell and Christy English. I am also grateful for Kayla’s insightful interview questions and hope you (oh faithful blog readers) will enjoy them as well.
Here is a touch of historical humor as we head into the weekend. Those of us on the east coast in particular could use a little levity as Irene bears down on us with all her predicted damage and inconvenience. So have a laugh or two before the power goes out. I do believe Jane Austen herself would get a chuckle out of this one.
“If I did that there’d be nothing but a bunch of necks working at the DMV” — truer words than that have never been spoke
August 19th 1245 – Marguerite and Eleanor’s father, Raymond Berenger, Count of Provence dies and their sister Beatrice inherits Provence. Because Raymond dies in the midst of a massive power struggle between Pope Innocent IV and Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, the question of succession inProvence takes on an international dimension and competition to lay claim to Beatrice’s hand is fierce.
Today is world humanitarian day. Please join me in celebrating those who devote their energies and their lives to people most of the world prefers to forget.
What we “know” for certain in history often changes. New studies, new information, new scholarship can challenge and change accepted facts, and undercut theories that have stood for decades or even longer.
Witness this article in today’s Guardian newspaper reporting that a new work by a well known archaeologist declares the Plague of 1348-49 spread so quickly through London that the carriers were not black rats, as previously thought, but human beings themselves. Fascinating and a reminder that we ought not be too sanguine about what we know to be “the truth.”
They don’t make men like they used to – heck they don’t even dress em like they used to. Sigh. Here’s a video worth salivating over, gentlemen dressed to impress. And by the way boys—if any men are reading this—any woman who tells you she likes “Casual Fridays” is lying.
Tomorrow would have been Georgette Heyer’s 109th Birthday. Ms. Heyer’s books introduced many readers to regency romances and she is considered by many to be the Queen of that genre. To celebrate her natal day her current publisher, Sourcebooks, is offering every single Heyer title in e-book format for only $1.99 each. The offer is good beginning today and ending on August 21st. Heyer fans enjoy!