Monthly Archives: October 2013

Just for Halloween: the Witchcraft Acts in Great Britain

In England, Ireland, Wales, and Scotland, there have been a series of acts to prevent the practice of witchcraft. The first of those was Henry VIII’s Witchcraft Act of 1542. It was the first to define the practice of witchcraft … Continue reading

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Just for Halloween: Zombies: Monsters of the People!

Have we not all at one time or another felt like a zombie? We work ourselves into a mindless blob of humanity. My last blog was on vampires, so I thought I would give equal to zombies. It is true … Continue reading

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Just for Halloween: Vampires: Immortal Prisoners

I recently wrote a vampire version of Pride and Prejudice. As my book was set in Regency England (1800-1820), even the legend of Dracula could not serve as a basis because Bram Stoker’s classic came out in 1897. Therefore, it … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: William John Napier, 9th Lord Napier, Royal Navy Officer

William John Napier, 9th Lord Napier (Chinese: 律勞卑; 1786 – 11 October 1834) was a Royal Navy officer, politician and diplomat. Early Life He was the son of Francis Napier, 8th Lord Napier (1758–1823) and the father of Francis Napier, … Continue reading

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Regency Celebrity: Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Fremantle, Naval Strategist

Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle GCB GCH RN (20 November 1765 – 19 December 1819) was a British naval officer in the Royal Navy whose list of accolades includes action in three separate fleet actions, a close personal friendship with … Continue reading

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During the Reign of George IV: The Shrigley Abduction, a Well-Developed Scheme to Marry an Heiress

The Shrigley abduction was an 1826 British case of a forced marriage by Edward Gibbon Wakefield to the 15-year-old heiress Ellen Turner of Pott Shrigley. The couple were married in Gretna Green, Scotland, and travelled to Calais before Turner’s father … Continue reading

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Regency Structures: The Burlington Arcade

The Burlington Arcade is a covered shopping arcade in London that runs behind Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping centre. The Burlington … Continue reading

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