Category Archives: writing

The Red Book of Hergest, Welsh Medieval Manuscript

This is one of three posts I have scheduled related to Hergest Court. We will also have a look at Sir Thomas Vaughan (October 24) and his trials with four English kings and, in celebration of all things haunted, the … Continue reading

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Should Writers Make These Distinctions?

There are many words in the English language which are routinely interchanged. Whether one accepts these “switches” depends upon whether the person is a semanticist or a grammarian. Semanticists normally are concerned with the word’s meaning, while the grammarian deals … Continue reading

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An Intervention with Jane Austen’s “Bad Boy,” George Wickham

After my article on Monday (October 1) regarding Austen’s use of George Wickham to advance the main plot of Pride and Prejudice, several people have sent me messages regarding the “Intervention” I mentioned of having written for Meredith and the Austenesque Extravaganza. … Continue reading

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The Real Life Influences Upon Jane Austen’s Novels

As authors of historical fiction, we take great pleasure in a research “tidbit,” which introduces our fictional characters to historical figures. I, for example, have introduced John Loudon McAdam, the father of the modern road, to the readers of A Touch of … Continue reading

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George Wickham: How Jane Austen Masterfully Uses a Minor Character to Drive the Main Plot

How a Minor Character Controls the Story’s Action: Jane Austen’s Use of George Wickham Previously, on Austenesque Extravganza, I interviewed our favorite bad boy, Mr. George Wickham. Actually, I held a celebrity intervention, but as an afterthought to that momentous … Continue reading

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A Medieval Misconception: All Women Were Chattel, A Guest Post by Kim Rendfeld, who is Celebrating the Release of “The Ashes of Heaven’s Pillar”

Medieval Misconception: All Women Were Chattel By Kim Rendfeld Early medieval women were far from passive damsels waiting for a knight to rescue them. Of course, this time period is hardly an ideal time for women: childbirth so risky expectant … Continue reading

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Origin of “Rub-a-dub-dub” Nursery Rhyme

As part of my writing of “The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin,” I completed research on “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” an English language nursery rhyme first published at the end of the eighteenth century. The nursery rhyme plays out as part of the … Continue reading

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