Category Archives: British history

Life Below Stairs, Part I: Obligations and Compensation

With the popularity of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downtown Abbey, the populace has become more aware of the British servant class. So what do we know of those who lived “below stairs”? First, rank and precedence ruled those of the servant … Continue reading

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“Affection” in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

When writing my Regency-based novels, I sometimes find it difficult to express the emotions felt by my characters, while keeping in mind the “restraint” those of the era practice. Previously, I took a look at how often and in what … Continue reading

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John Knox Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Author of a Colonial Blockbuster

John Knox Witherspoon was a Scottish-born clergyman, who signed the Declaration of Independence. In fact, he was the only clergyman to do so. He was born 5 February 1722 or 1723 (depending on whether one is looking at the Julian … Continue reading

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New Prison in the Regency Era, Setting for Part of My Cozy Mystery ~ The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin

New Prison plays a part in my 2015 release of The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery.  I thought I might share a bit of information. Unlike the more widely known prison of the day, Newgate Prison, the … Continue reading

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George Walton, the Orphaned Signer of the Declaration of Independence

The exact date of George Walton’s birth is unknown, but scholars say 1740 or 1741 in Virginia. His life was anything but easy. His parents died early on, and Walton was “adopted” by his uncle, who quickly apprenticed him to … Continue reading

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Robert Morris, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and America’s First True Capitalist

Born to an ironworker from Liverpool, England, Robert Morris’s childhood was anything but quiet. His mother died when he was two. His father, Robert Morris, Sr., came to Maryland in 1738 as an agent for Foster, Cunliffe, and Sons for whom … Continue reading

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Excerpt from “The Earl Finds His Comfort”

On Tuesday, I shared an excerpt from my upcoming release of “Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep.” Today I have an excerpt from “The Earl Finds His Comfort,” which is the sequel to “Angel.” In the previous book, Levison Davids, … Continue reading

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