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Did Queen Victoria Marry John Brown?

  I recently saw the film Victoria and Abdul, and it started me thinking more on the “supposed” relationship between Queen Victoria and her Scottish servant John Brown. (By the way, this relationship has also been explored in film. Again … 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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Catholic/Protestant Marriages During the Regency + the Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Catholic/ Protestant Weddings During the Regency Era On 25 March 1754, the Hardwicke Act went into effect in England. It was designed to prevent Clandestine Weddings (Read More on Clandestine Weddings HERE) and to force couples marrying in England to … Continue reading

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A Fascinating Flight into the Unknown, a Guest Post from Heather King

A Fascinating Flight into the Unknown ~ Hot-Air Balloons When I start a new novel or even a blog post, I am prone to falling down research rabbit holes in the pursuit of historical fact. With my most recent release, … Continue reading

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Georgian Garden Adornments & Embellishments, a Guest Post from Sharon Lathan

Today, I have stolen one of my good friend’s post from Austen Authors to share with you. Sharon Lathan loves research as much as I, so you should enjoy this piece on Georgian Gardens, originally posted on May 16, 2016. … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal: Might the Spinster Have Married?, a Guest Post from Collins Hemingway

Earlier, Mr. Hemingway looked at Jane Austen’s romantic attachments. Today, he takes a different slant. (Note: Both posts have appeared previously on Austen Authors.) As reported in last month’s blog about Jane Austen’s romantic attachments, biographers dutifully recount the story … Continue reading

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Scottish Irregular Weddings + the Release of “The Earl Claims His Comfort”

Clandestine/Irregular Weddings in Scotland A clandestine wedding plays a key role in solving the mystery that occurs in my latest Regency romantic suspense, The Earl Claims His Comfort: Book 2 of the Twins’ Trilogy. But exactly what constituted a clandestine … Continue reading

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