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I’m delighted to be one of the stops on Heather R. Darsie’s blog tour for her new biography of Anne of Cleves, one of the least-studied of Henry VIII’s six wives. Over to Heather: Anna of Cleves Meets Henry VIII: …

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In March 1861, one of many job-seekers arrived at the White House, looking for patronage at the hands of the new President, Abraham Lincoln. Unlike many, this one was successful. Ultimately, though, he turned down the offer–and ended up fighting, …

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During the Obama administration, historians, feminists, and civil rights supporters were gratified when plans were announced to put abolitionist heroine Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson. The present administration, however, has neither followed through with the …

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While doing research for The First Lady and the Rebel, my forthcoming novel about Mary Lincoln and her Confederate half-sister, Emily Todd Helm, I visited the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort to look through Emily’s papers. Among the many wartime …

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An Outtake: The Lincolns Meet the Strattons

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During the editing of The First Lady and the Rebel, some sacrifices had to be made, and the following is one of them: a deleted scene where the Lincolns play host to Charles and Lavinia Stratton, better known as Mr. …

 

Photo Wednesday: A Girl from an Album

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For my photo Wednesday, here’s a photograph of an unnamed young girl from an album I own.  Victorian photograph albums range from the simple to the elaborate–some even played music! Sadly, many have been broken up by photo dealers–understandably, as many …

 

My Small Mary Lincoln Gallery

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As promised last week, I intend to keep this blog more active. Lately, on Facebook, I’ve been posting Victorian and Edwardian photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, so I shall start doing the same here. Today, in honor of Mary …

 

Update!

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With apologies for not being here much lately, I do have some pleasing news: my seventh novel, The First Lady and the Rebel, about Mary Lincoln and her younger sister Emily Todd Helm, will be out in the fall of …

 

The Strange, Sad Case of George B. Love

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On April 21, 1865, as part of its coverage of President Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath, the Washington Evening Star reported the arrival of the captured George Atzerodt in Washington. In addition, the Star noted that a man had been …

 

Guest Post by Sharon Bennett Connolly: Joan, Lady of Wales

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I’m delighted to be hosting Sharon Bennett Connolly, a friend of mine and the author of Heroines of the Medieval World.  Today Sharon shares with us an extract about Joan, Lady of Wales, a historical figure who’s fascinated me since …