Category Archives: Act of Parliament

Richard Bertie’s Attempt to Become Lord Willoughby d’Eresby ~ Part I

Like Barry Lyndon (see post on November 27, 2017), Richard Bertie was born of humble origins, but aspired to claim a peerage through marriage. Bertie (ca. 1517 – 9 April 1582) made an astounding marriage to the widowed Duchess of … Continue reading

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A Voidable Marriage in History: Marrying the Sister of One’s Late Wife or the Brother of One’s Late Husband

A plot we readers often encounter in historical romance set in the Regency Period is when the hero takes up with his late wife’s sister. But was it possible? “For most of the nineteenth century, the question of whether a … Continue reading

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The 1701 Act of Settlement

The Act of Settlement prevented George IV from marrying Maria Fitzherbert, the woman he affected, but what did the Act entail? The Act of Settlement was a Parliamentary Act meant to settle the issue of succession to both the English … Continue reading

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Wife Selling as a Means to a Moral Divorce, but Not Necessarily a Legal One

From the late 18th to the mid 19th centuries in England, divorce was expense—too expense for many of the populace. Divorce required a private Act of Parliament that could cost the petitioner somewhere around £3000. It also required the blessing … Continue reading

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Proving Lines of Succession + Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Succession for a Peerage What happens to a peerage if the peer cannot be found or is presumed dead? What becomes of his wife? His children? This is a familiar plot in many Regency novels. I used it in the … Continue reading

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Inheriting a Peerage + Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Inheriting a Peerage During the Regency The manner in which a peerage is passed from one generation to the next depends upon how it was created. A peerage/title can be created by a writ of summons, which means the individual … Continue reading

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Privileges of Peers + the Release of ‘The Earl Claims His Comfort’

Privileges of a Peer During the Regency In my latest Regency romantic suspense, The Earl Claims His Comfort, there are multiple questions regarding the peerage belonging to the book’s hero. For example, can a usurper force Levison Davids, 17th Earl … Continue reading

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Could an American Inherit a Peerage? Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort” + Excerpt & Giveaway

Could an American Inherit an English Title or Peerage? In both of my first two books from the Twins’ trilogy, the issue of whether an American could inherit a title/peerage comes into play as part of the plot. In Angel … Continue reading

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The Infamous War of Jenkins’s Ear? Never Heard of It?

Have you ever heard of the War of Jenkins’s Ear? If not, you are not alone.  This particular war took place in colonial Georgia. It involved both Spain and England in a dispute over the land between South Carolina and … Continue reading

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The Roots of Primogeniture and Entailments

The concept of “love and romance” were never required in marriage among the English aristocracy. Certainly there were some who did marry for love, but early on, the idea of marriage became a “business transaction,” instead of a romantic joining … Continue reading

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