Tag Archive: Linda Bennett Pennell

They Also Serve

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A novel is generally considered “historical” when it is set fifty years or more in the past. By that standard any story set before 1966, when the first of the baby boomers left… Continue reading

Living History: Connecting to Heritage, Part I

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In a recent post, I posed a question that is central to this series: why is living history important? My initial answer dealt with the need to communicate the facts and concepts of… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: The White Lady

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If readers saw the film version of The English Patient, they may remember that the opening scene showed the main characters in a desert cave marveling at drawings depicting humans and animals painted… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: Sands of the Namib

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As the second of three posts set in Africa, we are traveling to Nambia’s Atlantic coast where an unexpected experience awaits. Leaving Windhoek, Nambia’s capital, we traveled west to Swakopmund, a resort town… Continue reading

Travels Through Historical Fiction: On the Marches at Shrewsbury

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Despite several trips to the UK, I have not yet traveled to Shropshire. My interest in the area is based solely upon one of my favorite historical fiction series, the Brother Cadfael novels… Continue reading

Travels through Historical Fiction: From Sarum to Salisbury

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Salisbury, England 1992 – We walked up the narrow street toward the old city wall where heavy wooden doors with iron bindings and large ring handles stood open, inviting both pedestrian and vehicular… 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

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