The Sons Of Liberty–A Band of Thugs, or The Loyal Nine?

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Due to a recent minor medical issue, I was sidelined for a few weeks. As a result, I watched a lot of television, including a marathon session of the Sons Of Liberty. If… 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

In Observance of Memorial Day

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My most recent historical book, A Widow’s Salvation, which is due out later this year, is the first in my series to highlight the Civil War. Even then, my story is more about… 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

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