Category Archives: British history

UK Real Estate: Greenland Dock

In my current WIP (Work in Progress) one of the characters works in the timber business at Greenland Dock. Here is some interesting facts about¬†Greenland Dock: Greenland Dock is the oldest of London’s riverside wet docks, located in Rotherhithe in … Continue reading

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Georgian Era Thief Taker General, Jonathan Wild

Between 1674 and 1829, a British citizen witnessing a crime was legally obliged to apprehend the perpetrator if possible. At a minimum, one was expected to report the crime to a magistrate or other law official. The witness was also … Continue reading

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What is the Difference Between Heir Apparent and Heir Presumptive?

In my latest WIP (Work in Progress), one of the important characters is the “heir presumptive” to his brother. What does that mean, and how does it differ from “heir apparent”? In my story, Horace Lovelace is the third son … Continue reading

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The Hammersmith Ghost: Legal Precedent in the UK Regarding Self-Defence

The Hammersmith Ghost murder case of 1804 set a legal precedent in the UK regarding self-defence: whether someone could be held liable for their actions even if they were the consequence of a mistaken belief. Near the end of 1803, … Continue reading

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Primogeniture? Collateral Relatives? The First Laws of Inheritance…

For those of us who read and write Regency romances or those who live in places such as the United Kingdom, the idea of “Primogeniture” is quite obvious, but to the majority of U.S. citizens, the concept is difficult to … Continue reading

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Locating Jane Austen: The Author’s Influence Upon the English Tourism Business

Recently, I partook of a short 4-day bus tour of the home of American Presidents in Virginia. Living in neighboring state of North Carolina, the trip was not exhausting, and so on the first day (before we settled in our … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth I and the Sea Beggars, a Guest Post from Author Barbara Kyle

Today, it is with great pleasure that I welcome a colleague, who specializes in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. I know you will find Barbara Kyle’s story of deception and courage very interesting. The Elizabethan period is considered a … Continue reading

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UK Real Estate: The Twin Villages of Kingsand and Cawsand, Cornwall

Kingsand and Cawsand play a major role in the plot of my Regency romance, The First Wives’ Club, book one of the First Wives’ Trilogy. Kingsand (Cornish: Porthruw) and Cawsand are twin villages in southeast Cornwall, United Kingdom. The villages … Continue reading

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Georgian Era Mystery~The Cock Lane Ghost: A Format for Religious Fervor

The Cock Lane ghost was a purported haunting that attracted mass public attention in 1762. The location was an apartment in Cock Lane, a short road adjacent to London’s Smithfield market and a few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Even Royalty Loves Good Literature by Laura Purcell

Today I am happy to bring you a¬†guest post from the fabulous Laura Purcell, who is in the midst of a blog tour for the release of The Queen of Bedlam, a book about Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

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