Archive for the ‘History Hoydens’ Category

Grass Huts and Coronets

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Come find me on History Hoydens today, talking about the (now re-titled!) 1920’s book….

History Fan Fictionary

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Want to see what I’ve been up to these past few days? I posted on History Hoydens today about the game show dreamed up by Susanna Kearsley, “History Fan Fictionary”. Click here to test your historical word knowledge!

More Birthday!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

You can also find me today on History Hoydens, writing about birthday traditions.

Upstairs, Downstairs

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

For those of you who like seeing the downstairs as well as the upstairs, check out Tracy Grant’s interesting post on servant/master relationships in historical fiction.

For me, the first to come to mind are Jeeves and Wooster and Bunter and Lord Peter Wimsey. It struck me that both are (a) 1920s and 30s, and (b) valet/gentleman. I had to actively work to think of non-1920s examples (Tracy has a few in her post) and lady’s maid equivalents to the valet relationship, like Sophia and her saucy maid in Fielding’s Tom Jones. I wonder why that is?

Slightly off-topic, I’ve heard a happy rumor that there’ll be at least two more of Tracy’s Charles & Melanie/Malcolm & Suzanne books! For those who haven’t read them, they’re about a husband and wife team embroiled in espionage in the immediate aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars. The earliest chronologically is Vienna Waltz, set at the Congress of Vienna, but her world is so perfectly integrated that you can read them in pretty much any order without losing anything. I started with Beneath a Silent Moon, which is technically #3, timeline-wise.

AMENDED TO ADD: For those who wanted to know the reading order of Tracy’s books, it’s:

Vienna Waltz (1814)

Beneath a Silent Moon (1817)

Secrets of a Lady (formerly Daughter of the Game) (1819)

Mask of Night (1820) (Kindle and Nook only)

You can find more about the books, including the upcoming Imperial Scandal, on Tracy’s website.

Blurring the Lines

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Today on History Hoydens, I posted about fiction posing as fact– and the pluses and minuses thereof.

Errata and Error

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Posting about errors and Eloise, today on History Hoydens.

Marzipan for Eloise

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

From Germany, Jenna sent me these adorable photos of marzipan pigs for Eloise. (If you’ve read Orchid Affair, you know the story.)

How cute is that?

In other news, if you head over to History Hoydens, you can find a post on the strange alchemy by which contemporary fiction transmutes itself into a historical artifact. Eloise Kelly, I’m looking at you.

This and That

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

The “This” is this week’s Mistletoe magnet calendar winner from the If You Like comments… Amanda L.B.! Congrats Amanda! If you email me with your snail mail address, I’ll send the calendar along to you.

The “That” is a post on History Hoydens, in which, inspired by Isobel Carr and the Wall Street Journal article on the topic, I ramble on about historical costume.

Anyone who wants to know more about the ins and outs of historical undergarments should check out Isobel’s old site under her other pen name, Kalen Hughes. There is a treasure trove of information on everything from Tudor petticoats to Regency stays.

History Hoydens

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Musing on the impact of geography on historical fiction (and a little window onto what I’m working on right now) on History Hoydens.

Today on History Hoydens…

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

… a post about English Christmas traditions.