Monthly Archives: August 2017

Female Inheritance Laws + an Excerpt & Giveaway from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

Under English law, women were subordinate to their husbands. It was expected that she was under the “protection and influence of her husband, her baron, or lord.” The law stated the old adage of “two shall become one.” She was … Continue reading

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“King v. Curll,” Prosecuting an Infamous Publisher

As a former journalism teacher, I was familiar with the term “curlicisms,” but until I was working on a piece on criminal conversation last week, I had forgotten the source of the word was one Edmund [sometimes called “Edward”] Curll.  … Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s “Invisible” Brother, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

Earlier, Elaine Owen shared a post with us on people with disabilities during Jane Austen’s lifetime. Today, she tells us something of George Austen, the brother of Jane Austen who did not live with the family because of his disabilities. … Continue reading

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Breaking an Engagement During the Regency + an Excerpt & Giveaway of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

A popular plot in Regency era romances is the broken engagement, but what was the truth of the situation? Unless the gentleman involved suddenly uncovered a flaw in the morals of his lady, once a man proposed to a woman, … Continue reading

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Criminal Conversation in the Regency Era + Excerpt & Giveaway from MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs

Several years back, I did a series for my blog, Every Woman Dreams, entitled “Eccentrics of the Regency.” One of the pieces I wrote was on Edward Hughes Ball Hughes. In it, I wrote: “Hughes’ older sister Catherine Ball was … Continue reading

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Princess Louise’s Charitable Work

 Although Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, and her husband, John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll were often short of funds, the Princess managed to live a life her siblings could not imagine. Campbell, who was still the Marquess of Lorne … Continue reading

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Promissory Estoppel and the Release of MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs + Excerpt + Giveaway

Marriage by Estoppel One of the possibilities I explored in researching my latest book, MR. DARCY’S BRIDEs was marriage by estoppel as a plot point. According to Investopedia, “Promissory estoppel is a legal principle that a promise is enforceable by … Continue reading

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