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Advice on How to Write Historical Fiction–Not

By the way, did anyone notice that there has been much ‘how-to’ and ‘advice’ offered lately on writing historical fiction ? A perusal of the ‘literature’—and I confess to have done my share—finds that some are more ‘creative’ than others Continue reading

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The Lusignans of Poitou

The recent developments in the Middle East revived academic and public interest in the West’s previous encounters with that part of the world. These events created something of a cottage industry of  histories and novels recounting the crusades, particularly the … Continue reading

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Starbucks, Mélusine and Me

  The ‘brew-haha’ that recently percolated over the 2015 Starbucks holiday cup reminded me of the ever-popular accusation that Starbucks’s logo depicting the legendary Mélusine is ‘in fact’ a demonic image. Historically represented as a bare-breasted woman with the lower … Continue reading

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…on to Fontevraud Abbey (Pt. III)

Fontevraud Abbey: What can one say? The tombs of Henry II, Richard, Isabelle d’Angoulême and Aliénor (dare one be on first name basis with that lady?)  It rained. The countryside is somewhat rolling hills with fields and a few forested … Continue reading

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…on to Parthenay (Pt. II)

Parthenay: We breezed past Saint Maixent-l’École to get to Parthenay, again approached via a fairly flat ground. Parthenay has a population of about 10,000 and I worried, of course, about driving down a maze of streets to find the hotel, … Continue reading

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Decembers of Centuries Past…and Present

It was on December 25, 1100 when Baldwin of Edessa got himself officially crowned king of Jerusalem… On December 25, 1146, Bernard of Clairvaux recruited the HRE Conrad to join in what became the Second Crusade (which included Louis of … Continue reading

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A Year in Review, with Grades

Well, it’s been a weird and wild ride for the past year.  As with any journey, one never knows for certain where it will lead, and mine thus far has been no exception. Like my heroine, I have lost my … Continue reading

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