Tag Archive: Caroline Warfield

Button Fakes, or the Art of Counterfeiting Coins

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As long as there has been currency, there has been counterfeiting. When I set out to create a villainous underground for my work-in-progress forgery attracted my attention. The temptation to manufacture money is… Continue reading

Timber Trade Along the Ottawa

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In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the fur trade played a large part in the economic development of North America. Popular imagination about the era is riddled with images related to that trade:… Continue reading

Maps, Markers, and Meandering: Place Matters

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When we moved to the urban wilds of Eastern Pennsylvania, it took some adjustment, but mostly that went smoothly. I’ve been here almost three years and have become comfortable. Besides the joy of… Continue reading

Of Popes and Politics

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As I write this, Pope Francis has arrived here in Philadelphia and my city has gone mad with joy. It seems as if the whole city has poured downtown to greet him. I… 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

Fueling the Imagination

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If you look up “fantasy world” in Wikipedia you will find a long list of entirely invented universes ranging from Atlantis to ZanZarah and sorted into categories by format: book, movie, video game.… 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