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“Droit de Seigneur:” Thoughts on the Outer Limits of History and Historical Novels.

 A true story:  A female student in my Western Civ. asked me rather excitedly if I had heard about ‘droit de seigneur,’ and if it was “true.”  Wearing my historian hat, I said, yes, and no. She started to walk … 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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Chick-lit with Wimples

[ Hilary Mantel] goes on: “There is a certain strand of historical fiction of which this is certainly true; it is chick-lit with wimples. But that is not the kind of historical fiction that is under attack. It’s too soft of a target. The grumbling is aimed at literary fiction set in the past, which is accused of being, by its nature, escapist.”

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