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How to Write Historical Fiction

How to Write Historical Fiction by Julia Herdman Sinclair by Julia Herdman is rated 5 Star on Amazon and Goodreads Sinclair is set in the London Borough of Southward, the Yorkshire town of Beverley and in Paris and Edinburgh in the late 1780s. Strong female leads...

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The Tragic Life of Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla

The tragic Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla was born around 150 AD. Her father was the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, her mother the Empress Faustina the Younger. Lucilla was the elder sister of Emperor Commodus. A character loosely based on Lucilla was the love interest...

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Paintings from the tomb of Nebamun

This beautiful illustration is laid out in typical ancient Egyptian style. The strange but charming perspective is called 'aspective' and it is the opposite of our modern western view called 'perspective'. The aim of the ancient Egyptian artist was to show all the...

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Best Historical Fiction – Five London Based Family Sagas

Tales of Tooley Street This London based historical fiction is set in the London Borough of Southward, the Yorkshire town of Beverley and in Paris and Edinburgh in the late 1780s. Sinclair is the eponymous hero but there are strong female leads including the widow...

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Getting the Pharaoh to the Afterlife

How did the royal priests convince the king he had the golden ticket that would take him to the afterlife? Getting The Pharaoh to the Afterlife Every ancient Egyptian king required a ticket to the afterlife. To understand how these tickets were made we need to...

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Forty years of documenting the Great Sphinx of Giza

Forty years of documenting the Great Sphinx of Giza In 1979, Mark Lehner and James Allen started work on the first comprehensive mapping of the Sphinx. They studied its structure and geology They documented every detail Their goal was to determine how and when this...

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Ancient Egypt – Cheapskate Coffin Makers

Ancient Egypt - Cheapskate Coffin Makers About 3,000 years ago, a man named Nespawershefyt, a priest at the temple of Amun at Karnak (in modern Luxor), commissioned a set of coffins for himself. He wanted an outer coffin and an inner coffin – the smaller of the two to...

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Cabinets of Curiosities

Cabinets of Curiosities Julia Herdman is fascinated by 18th-century cabinets of curiosities because they show a love of learning and the natural world.  The 18th century saw a huge growth in the public interest in science and medicine. Cabinets of curiosities were a...

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Dress to Impress Princess

In 2013 novelist Hilary Mantel wrote in an article in the London Review of Books. The subject of the article was giving a book to someone. The book she chose was published in 2006 and was by the cultural historian Caroline Weber. The book was called Queen of Fashion:...

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Nabobs of the North

The Dundas Family This blog is about the Dundas family.; a family that would make it big in 18th century Scotland and yet they would always be outsiders. Bankers and men of property are some of the richest men on the planet today. Their relationship with governments...

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Sarah Wilson – Queen Charlotte’s Fictitious Sister

I am delighted to welcome Geri Walton as my guest today. Geri is a history graduate and writer. Her first book, Marie Antoinette’s Confidante: The Rise and Fall of the Princesse de Lamballe, examines the relationship between Queen Marie Antoinette and Marie Thérèse,...

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A Ghost Story for Christmas

The Nanny - A Ghost Story For Christmas It was November and the war had been over for more than a year when I took Rosamond Furnivall to live with her great aunt in Cumbria. Like me, Rosamond was an orphan. On a clear summer's day in 1944, a V2 fell silent, dropped...

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The Man Who Transformed the Health of Londoners

Edwin Chadwick is the man who transformed the health of Londoners. In a time when diseases like smallpox, cholera, and TB were insatiable in their taking of human life Edwin Chadwick used his position to persuade the government to invest in public health. Chadwick...

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10 Things That Turn a Character Bad

10 Things that turn a character bad All great stories have baddies. Baddies or antagonists are the characters who get in your hero or heroine's way. They create conflict and problems – all the things readers love. Evil villains help create a story that is exciting and...

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Whistle-blower in the Maternity Ward

Key Words: Whistleblower, Maternity Ignaz Semmelweis was the Hungarian obstetrician and a whistle-blower who spoke out about bad practice in maternity wards. The work done by Semmelweis all but removed puerperal fever, commonly known as Childbed fever, from the...

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Princess Anne – The Princess Who Married a Hunchback

This is the story of Princess Anne, the Princess Royal was the eldest daughter of George II. Princess Anne was born into what we would call a dysfunctional family in May 1709. (For more information about her grandmother and the House of Hanover read my blog on 15th...

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Sex and the City

Women and Sex There were two ways for a girl to get on in the 18th century and they both involved sex and the risk of disease followed by the likelihood of an early death. The choice for most women was either wife or city prostitute. Prostitution was the riskier...

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