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The One Thing Historical Fiction Writers Ought to Know

The Gender-Genre Wars In a recent issue of Writer’s Digest, literary agent Irene Goodman offered her advice on “16 Things All Historical Fiction Writers Need to Know.” Among them was the caution (?) that “This kind of fiction requires high … Continue reading

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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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Happy April Fool’s Day, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

 April Fool’s Day is soon upon us, and April 1st has been associated with pranks and pranksters since at least the l6th century. April 1, 1204, is also generally accepted to be the date of the death of Eleanor 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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