Come find me on History Hoydens today, talking about the (now re-titled!) 1920’s book….
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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!
You can also find me today on History Hoydens, writing about birthday traditions.
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)
Today on History Hoydens, I posted about fiction posing as fact– and the pluses and minuses thereof.
Posting about errors and Eloise, today on History Hoydens.
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.
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.
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.
Musing on the impact of geography on historical fiction (and a little window onto what I’m working on right now) on History Hoydens.
… a post about English Christmas traditions.