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November 7, 2019

Every so often in the UK, with it being a monarchy, there comes the madness of a royal wedding and the increasingly insane media circus around it.  Think Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton and Diana Spencer, and you get the idea.  However, this is nothing new.  


July 22, 2019

It’s a beautiful day here, and a perfect one to go somewhere just as beautiful, famous for its great romance.  Behold the splendour of Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn.  A smitten Henry VIII came to stay here, or sometimes stayed a few miles away at a huntin...

August 16, 2018

Who says that love at first sight doesn't exist?  And who says that historical tales of aristocrats falling madly in love forever are unrealistic?  Behold the true story of Charles Lennox, Earl of March.

Lord March was the heir of the Duke of Richmond, an illegitim...

February 28, 2018

When reading historical novels, it is all too easy to point the finger at the wilder heroines and declare, “She would NEVER have done that!”  After all, surely all girls pre-1900 were terribly well-behaved and didn’t dare step outside convention?  Surely the idea that...

January 29, 2018

On top of the Empire State Building.  On an obscure beach in Kiribati.  In the gardens of a palace you will never be allowed into.  You know how it works - the Valentine's Day lists of Most Romantic Places that you can't afford (unless you actually live in Kiribati)....

September 4, 2017

When reading historical fiction, it isn’t uncommon to have a man marrying someone ‘beneath him’ – witness Mr Darcy, who for all Elizabeth’s claims that they are both gentlemen’s children, knows that her family is “decidedly beneath my own”.  However, Darcy had the man’...

August 15, 2017

When the celebrated Georgette Heyer discussed her heroes, she was clear that she deliberately put them into two categories, effectively alpha and beta.  Beta heroes - Gilly, Freddy Standen or Gervase Frant - are generally easy-going, quietly-spoken types, usually humor...

August 6, 2017

It isn't a truth universally acknowledged, perhaps, but it still is one: while the redheaded heroine is always in vogue, romance novels have a distinct lack of heroes the same.  There are Titian girls, auburn girls, and tempestuous flamingly red-haired girls, yet want...

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