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It’s a beautiful spring evening in Washington, D.C., way too nice to be sitting in a hotel room, but I had a marvelous two days and wanted to talk about them while they were fresh in my mind. (Apologies for …

Anne Barnhill says:
So happy you got this amazing trip! Sounds wonderful. Hope all is well. more
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One hundred and fifty years ago today, on April 3, 1865, Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy, fell to the Union. The day before, Jefferson Davis and his cabinet had fled the city, having authorized the burning of warehouses …

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With Richard III in his final resting place, things have become rather quiet lately, leading me to turn my thoughts to another controversial royal: Anne Boleyn. Anne, of course, was briefly exhumed in the nineteenth century during renovations in the …

Sensibilia says:
I was at Blickling Hall a couple of weeks ago, in Norfolk, reputed birthplace... more
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My mother was killed by a six-fingered woman. Since Anne was the only likely... more
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Lately, I’ve developed a weakness for cartes de visite—the small photographs that were prized during the last half of the nineteenth century—and have amassed a tiny collection of them, including one of my favorites here of an unidentified lady. As …

boswellbaxter says:
There’s also Willie Jett, who helped Booth find lodgings in Virginia and... more
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Interesting guy to say the least — I’d vote for the mercury giving... more

New Website Material for Hanging Mary

I’ve been tinkering a bit with my website. For my forthcoming novel (for which I hope to be able to post cover art soon), I’ve added a list of further reading as well as a PDF article about my research on …

 

The World of Richard III: Kristie Dean’s Blog Tour

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I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Kristie Dean to my blog as part of her tour! Her new book, The World of Richard III, focuses on the places associated with Richard III. If you’re preparing to go to England for the …

 

Guest Post by Jeffrey Stayton, Author of This Side of the River

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Today I’m happy to be hosting Jeffrey Stayton, who’s written a novel set in the immediate aftermath of the American Civil War called This Side of the River. Over to Jeffrey! Nostalgia One of the most difficult aspects of writing …

 

Guest Post and Giveaway: Adrienne Dillard, Author of Cor Rotto

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I’m delighted to welcome Adrienne Dilliard, author of Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, to my blog! Here’s the blurb for Adrienne’s novel, her first: The dream was always the same … the scaffold before me. I stared on …

 

Dear Cousin: John Surratt’s Letters to Bell Seaman

On at least five occasions, John Surratt, the youngest son of Mary Surratt, put pen to paper to write to his second cousin, Isabel (“Bell”) Seaman, who lived with her family in Washington, Pennsylvania. The first three letters (the second …

 

Merry Christmas, and An Excerpt!

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Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! I’ve been busy revising my forthcoming novel, Hanging Mary, for the publisher. Here’s a seasonal excerpt for you, set at Mary Surratt’s boardinghouse 150 years ago on Christmas Eve, 1864: The men had …