Monthly Archives: December 2013

Regency Happenings: The Year Without Summer ~ 1816

The Year Without a Summer (also known as the Poverty Year, Year There Was No Summer, and Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death) was 1816, in which severe summer climate abnormalities resulted in major food shortages. Much of the cause of this anomaly is blamed on the … Continue reading

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On the 7th Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

I have included this tale in the past, but it’s back for a repeat… On the seventh day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, Seven Austen Siblings Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Sisters Four Abbey Tilneys Three Sailing Captains … Continue reading

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The Border Wars Between England and Scotland

The political struggle that has dominated much of England/Scotland’s history was often a result of the border wars. In Elizabethan times the Anglo-Scottish border counties, especially Northumberland, were the home of lawless clans who spent their lives raiding and marauding. … Continue reading

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On the 6th Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

I have posted this rhyme previously, but it’s back for a repeat… (Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the sixth day of Christams, Jane Austen gave to me Six Classic Novels F-i-v-e Bennet Sisters Four … Continue reading

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On the 5th Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

I have posted this rhyme previously, but it’s back by popular demand. (Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the fifth day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, F-i-v-e … Bennet Sisters Four Abbey Tilneys … Continue reading

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On the 4th Day of Christmas (Jane Austen Style)

I have posted this rhyme previously, but many have asked for it again. (Sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”) On the fourth day of Christmas, Jane Austen gave to me, Four Abbey Tilneys Three Sailing Captains … Continue reading

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UK Regions: Penrith, Cumbria

In my upcoming release, A Touch of Honor (Book 7 in the Realm Series), John Swenton travels to Penrith to meet with John Loudon McAdam (see December 19, 2013 post). I have discovered many interesting details of the area, and … Continue reading

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