Category Archives: history

The “Skinny” on Abdicating a Title During the Regency Era

Many times in Regency-based novels we have the situation where for one reason or another, the hero refused the title he has inherited and “abdicates” his new peerage. The question is whether this is a viable plot line.  The answer … Continue reading

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“King of the Road” or the Cost of Traveling in the Regency Era

In nearly every historical book set in the Regency, we find characters traveling by coach from one destination to the next. The question is: How expensive was it to do so?  First, the major roads during the Regency were TOLL … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “Courting Lord Whitmire” + an Excerpt & Giveaway

  I have a new release which is part of the Regency Summer Escape anthology. In it illness we now call PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) plays a major role. The main character has spent 15 years in war, first … Continue reading

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When the Sun Never Set on the British Empire, a Guest Post from Elaine Owen

This post originally appeared on the Austen Authors’ blog on 24 May 2019. Enjoy!  Today I’d like to share the first of two entries regarding a business entity that played a significant role in Jane Austen’s life. This public company … Continue reading

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Militia Officers During the Regency

What were the differences between the various units of militia officers during the Regency? For example, how could George Wickham in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice serve in Hertfordshire when his home shire was Derbyshire? And how was Colonel Fitzwilliam’s … Continue reading

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What Do We Know of London and the Surrounding Areas in the Regency?

Some people who read Regency-based novels do not realize London itself was not all the areas we writers mention in our novels. Many areas, such as Hampstead Heath (famous for its duels), Kew Gardens (founded in 1840 from the exotic … Continue reading

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Reporting Deaths in the Aftermath of Waterloo

 One of my favorite Regency series comes from Mary Balogh. In the Bedwyns Saga’s book 5, entitled Slightly Sinful, Lord Alleyne Bedwyn is wounded at Waterloo. A woman who is stripping the bodies of their clothing in order to sell … Continue reading

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