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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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This Little Manuscript went to the Marketplace

The 4th Annual Historical Novel Society conference in San Diego, June l7-19, 2011, is approaching, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone, in particular the others on our ‘Debut Authors’ panel. Check out  http://hns-conference.org/. In re-reading recently the program, … Continue reading

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Historical Fiction and “Real Historical Facts”

… no readers of science fiction (as far as I know), would point out to the author that s/he has the information wrong because they know for sure that the decontamination chamber on Zenon X is painted in blue and not green, or that it wasn’t in operation until 26956, give or take a few centaves… But in historical fiction, readers do expect some of the “real historical facts,” even though some don’t want to be swamped by a lot of them.
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