Category Archive: historical romance

Casablanca: Unconditional Surrender and a Strategic Error

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Like so many people, the movie Casablanca is at the top of my favorites list. It is set in 1941 when Morocco was still under the control of the Nazi collaborating Vichy government in… Continue reading

Tide, Wind, and Timeline

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The need for an accurate, believable timeline challenges any storyteller’s craft. Writing historical fiction makes this problem especially complex. A number of complicating factors can wreak havoc with the timeline, and my newest… Continue reading

The Seraglio, World of Women

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Sometimes research for a novel takes a fiction writer in unexpected directions. When a complicated plot point led me to place a character in the Ottoman Seraglio as a teacher I had to… Continue reading

National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, OH

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One of the great things about moving back to the state of your birth after many years of absence is discovering new and interesting tidbits that you never knew about when you were… Continue reading

Simon the Fox, another Bit of Family Lore

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Over the past months, my posts on History Imagined have revealed a good bit of family history. Although our roots are deep in American soil, I know most likely where my ancestors originated… Continue reading

Grand Celebrations: Recall, Retell, Reenact

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Great events deserve celebration. Memorials and celebrations help children and adults alike learn from the past for the benefit of the future. With that in mind, this has been a great week for… Continue reading

A Desertion Most Personal

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One hundred fifty years ago the Confederate States of America’s brief existence came to an end after four years of bloodshed. Her people were left to wonder what would become of them, especially… Continue reading

Pizza, Pasta, Fascinating History

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What do you think of when you think of Italy? Pizza? Pasta? Roman ruins? The Sistine Chapel? Why not the Greek city of Naples or the Celtic colony of Turin? Italy presents us… Continue reading

The Confederacy’s Lost. Now What?

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Have you heard about Americans who are choosing to become permanent expats or giving up their U.S. citizenship altogether? Apparently this is a very small, but growing, trend among those who are disenchanted… Continue reading

Why Fiction: History, Politics, and Real Human Costs

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The gradual disintegration of the Ottoman Empire underlies much unrelenting war, revolution, and vast human suffering that occurred throughout the nineteenth century. The diplomatic issues, for Britain at least, associated with that process… Continue reading