The Silent Sentinels

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With a new Presidential campaign season starting up, and folks tossing hats in the ring left and right, it seemed timely to examine a woman’s right to vote. Many of my novels contain… Continue reading

155th Anniversary of the Pony Express

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Since April is the anniversary of one of the most clever and romantic ideas from frontier times, I thought I’d share my notes on the significance of the Pony Express, which I uncovered while doing… Continue reading

Sir James Clark: Death, Treatment, and a Society Doctor

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In researching Rome in 1820 for my most recent book, the first Englishman to leap off the page was of course John Keats. The poet lived in an apartment by the Spanish Steps… Continue reading

The Other Booths

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On the evening of April 14, 1865 during a performance of the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln in the back of… Continue reading

General Lee’s Final Palm Sunday

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On Palm Sunday April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses  S. Grant in the front parlor of the Wilmar McLean home at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively… Continue reading

Waterloo Fact and Fiction

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Two hundred years ago Wednesday (March 25, 1815), Britain, Austria, Prussia and Russia signed a formal defense treaty against Napoleonic France called the Seventh Coalition. They all agreed to hurry troops into Belgium.… Continue reading

Historical Fiction or Historical Romance?

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As writers of historical romances, my History Imagined colleagues and I are very much aware of what’s going on in the world during whatever time period and country we choose to write in.… Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger

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    I was very honored over the weekend to learn that the talented and lovely Kathryn Gauci had nominated me as a Versatile Blogger. Kathryn’s historical novel, The Embroider, is next on… Continue reading

Pro-Union in a Confederate South

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 When I was a child in Georgia, voters were required to cast their ballots in the primary of the party in which they were registered. After accompanying my mother to the polls, I… Continue reading

Shame, Denial, and Abolition in England

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“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”                             … Continue reading