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Cozy Up to an Austen-Inspired Mystery – The Phantom of Pemberley

The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery was my sixth Jane Austen book. As with many of my author friends, I am more than a bit of a “Jane Austen geek.” I have loved Jane Austen’s works since I … Continue reading

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During the Reign of George IV: The Catholic Relief Act of 1829

The Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, passed by Parliament in 1829, was the culmination of the process of Catholic Emancipation throughout Britain. In Ireland it repealed the Test Act 1673 and the remaining Penal Laws, which had been in force … Continue reading

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Exquisite Excerpt from and the History Behind “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy”

Exquisite Excerpt from “The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy”  To give you a look at The Disappearance of Georgiana Darcy, I thought I might provide you a taste of the story line with two short excerpts and a bit about the historical setting. The … Continue reading

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Georgian Happenings: The Wapping Coal Riots of 1798

Wapping Coal Riots of 1798 By Regina Jeffers Coal was a major source of heat and an important commodity to London’s financial stability. As such, ships filled with coal called in at the various ports of London on the River … Continue reading

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Do You Remember? Ingrid Bergman’s Fall from Movie Royalty

This is second installment of my new series: Do You Remember? Tell me, do you recall the extramarital affair with nearly destroyed Ingrid Bergman’s career? What do you think of how this affair shook out? Does it change how you … Continue reading

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Literary References in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”

Literary References in Persuasion Henry Austen in “A Biographical Notice of the Author,” said of his sister, “Short and easy will be the task of the mere biographer. A life of usefulness, literature, and religion, was not by any means … Continue reading

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The Lovely World of the English Language ~ Why Do People Speak as They Do?

In late February, I included a post on idioms and word play. It was a huge success, so I thought to revisit the format. “Aboveboard” – No, this one has nothing to do with ships or sailing. Actually, it comes … Continue reading

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Jonathan Wild, Underworld Figure During the Reign of Queen Anne

Jonathan Wild (1682/3 – 24 May 1725) was a London underworld figure, notable for operating on both sides of the law, posing as a public-spirited crimefighter, titled ‘Thief Taker General.’ Wild was exploiting a strong public demand for action during … Continue reading

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Jack Sheppard, Inspiration for John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”

Jack Sheppard or known as John Sheppard (4 March 1702 – 16 November 1724) was a notorious English robber, burglar and thief of early 18th-century London. Born into a poor family, he was apprenticed as a carpenter but took to … Continue reading

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The New Prison in the Regency Era

New Prison plays a part in my current Work in Progress. I thought I might share a bit of information. Unlike the more widely known, Newgate Prison, the New Prison had a less stellar past. The New Prison was a … Continue reading

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