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Adieu My Friends

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This is, I fear, my last post to History Imagined. I’m sailing into the sunrise. I’ve loved working on this blog, even in weeks when I struggled to find a topic, or disappeared… Continue reading

Catastrophe and Compassion

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Like my colleague Becky Lower, I am moved by generosity in hard times.   Researching fiction always takes us in unexpected directions. This week was no exception. While researching floods along the east… Continue reading

The Viking Cathedrals

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Do you think of Vikings as builders of Cathedrals? You can be excused if you say no. When you think about Vikings, if you do so at all, your image is likely to… Continue reading

The Child Star

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Every writer knows that research, vital as it is for a writer of historical fiction, can lead you into a rabbit warren of facts, information, and ideas until you’ve wandered far from your… Continue reading

Contagion Plagues the Capital

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A mysterious illness struck the country, entering through the ports from abroad, and people died in huge numbers. It attacked the nation’s capital first. The federal government was completely unprepared for the mass… Continue reading

On Walls and the Great Salt Hedge

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Walls have suited the purposes of authoritarian governments throughout history whether they were built to keep people out (like Hadrian’s Wall) or to keep people in (like the Berlin Wall). Most of them… Continue reading

Color Blind Historical Fiction

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When we began History Imagined, we decided it would lie at the intersection of history and fiction, and many of our posts have covered aspects of history that impact fiction. This one is… Continue reading

City on the Ice

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As the world warms, it is difficult to believe that winters between the 16th and early 19th centuries were so cold the city of London could move commerce and entertainment onto the Thames… Continue reading

O Wonderful!

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Oh wonderful! Christmas is coming and the waiting is the best part. At least, I always thought so. These days, folks know Halloween is on the way when the Christmas displays go up… Continue reading

Hurray for the Parade!

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Thanksgiving in the United States has many memorable customs, some sublime—prayer, gratitude, history—and some less so—leftovers, football, parades. Parades? Yes! The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has imbedded itself in American consciousness, but folks… Continue reading