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Historical Research

Labyrinth Relaxation and Plotting

I took this photo of a labyrinth at The Village Green Resort in Cottage Grove, Oregon. It's a simple turf labyrinth and is a replica of one from 9th century Aachen in Germany. I didn't realize there was a difference between a maze and a labyrinth and learned...

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Meet Me In The Orangery

If you have no idea where or what the orangery is pay attention. According to the dictionary, an orangery (also spelled orangerie) is a protected place or a greenhouse for raising oranges in cooler climes. The word dates back to around 1664, which means greenhouses...

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Nineteenth Century Words

I’ve been in a real historical mood lately, both in my reading and my research. It’s good to be writing another historical romance. My favored time period is the Eighteenth century—pre-Regency in the 1700s, and if it has a gothic tone that’s even better. For my TT...

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A Wealth of History on the Thames

I’ve read a lot of non-fiction books about England and England history recently. Thames: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd inspired my topic for Thursday Thirteen this week. Thirteen Facts and Interesting Tidbits About the Thames River 1. The Thames is the longest river...

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Back in the Eighteenth Century

Thirteen Things about Life and Sex in the Eighteenth Century 1. Coffee houses were places for men to meet, take refreshments and read newspapers, but even here they got into trouble with the opposite sex. Coffee-house owners were blamed for providing attractive...

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