Seasonal

Merry Christmas!

If Onslow hasn’t brought down the Christmas tree by tomorrow morning, I’ll be doing a joint post with Nan Hawthorne about what certain historical figures want in their Christmas stockings. (In some cases, that will mean some mighty big stockings.) Merry Christmas, if it’s not yet arrived in your part of the world, and if …

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Yet Another Medieval Christmas Newsletter

As promised, I was able to unearth the Christmas newsletter of Isabella, queen of Edward II and mother of Edward III, over the weekend. From the intimate tone of it, I suspect it was intended primarily for her female relatives in France rather than for general consumption._______________________ Wallingford, 1326 My, time has flown since my …

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I’ve been swamped the last few days, and will probably be for some time, but I couldn’t let Thanksgiving pass without some sort of post before I go and chow down with the family. A while back, I read Brenda Honeyman’s Good Duke Humphrey, which is more about the early days of the Wars of …

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Happy New Year!

I’m working on a very long post for my recently neglected Unromantic Richard III blog, so this is just a quickie. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions in general (for one thing, other than Teddy Grahams and GummiSavers, I don’t have much to give up, unless I cut my Amazon expenditure in half, which …

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The Duke of Debenhams: A Christmas Eve Playlet

(It is closing time on Christmas Eve at Debenhams department store in Salisbury. As the last customer leaves the Mens department, the staff mills around, tidying up, counting the day’s receipts, chatting idly, and so forth. The employees leave in several groups, until at last, two employees shut off the lights in the department and …

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