Jean Plaidy, Mary Queen of Scots, and a Message to Promote Marital Harmony

I finished Jean Plaidy’s Royal Road to Fotheringay today. This is the second novel about Mary Queen of Scots I’ve read, the first being Margaret George’s. I didn’t finish George’s book. I’m not sure why. It’s not that I disliked what I did read of it; in fact, I rather liked the scene where the […]

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In Which I Soundly Administer Myself a Good Pat on the Back

C’mon, I don’t often get the chance to do this! I’m delighted to announce that The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II (that’s my baby), has been named one of 15 finalists in the Historical Fiction category of ForeWord Magazine‘s 2005 Book of the Year Awards. The awards were established to

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Historical Accuracy in Historical Fiction

Both on this blog and on other sites I’ve visited, the question of historical accuracy in historical fiction has come up. As I said in one of my earlier blog posts, I think it’s the reader’s ultimate responsibility to check the accuracy of what he reads. Historical fiction, after all, is exactly that–fiction. By saying

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Back Bloggin’, and Been Reading Jean Plaidy

Well, I’m back, having spent the last few days at the hospital where my daughter was having surgery. I’m sure she’ll be blogging about the subject soon. I took the precaution of bringing several books with me, including Jean Plaidy’s In the Shadow of the Crown and Murder Most Royal. The first, about “Bloody” Mary,

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Ten More Rules for Writing Historical Fiction

A series of rules for writing various sorts of historical fiction has been circulating in the blogsphere. Here’s a link to the original list, created by Alan Fisk and posted on Sarah Cuthbertson’s blog: Sarah’s Bookarama: The All-Purpose Rules for Writing Historical Fiction/Writing Ripping Yarns The list is quite amusing, as are some of the

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Fan Fiction versus Historical Fiction

I posed this question on a group I belong to, but got no response, so I thought I’d post it here in hopes of getting one. There are many novels featuring characters who first appeared in classic novels. Jane Austen’s works, particularly Pride and Prejudice, seem to have spawned the most progeny. John Updike tried

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