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The Chateau on the Lake – The Inspiration behind the story

What inspired me to write The Chateau on the Lake? I began with the vague thought that it would be interesting to write a love story set at the time of the French Revolution. I didn’t know much about it then but everyone knows that the starving poor rebelled against the greedy aristocrats and beheaded Louis XVI, don’t they? Except that, once I started to research, I quickly discovered that it wasn’t as straightforward as that.

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Regency Classicism

George III suffered from periods of mental instability and, during the last and most prolonged of these, retired from public view while his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled in his stead. The Prince Regent was well known for his

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The Regency Criminal Underworld

The Georgian and Regency periods have always been my favourite for their grace, sophistication, and, sometimes, the extravagant flamboyance of their architecture and interiors. Once I decided to set The House in Quill Court in the Regency era I began

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A Regency Christmas Dinner

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, Please do put a penny in the old man’s hat. If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’penny will do If you haven’t got a ha’penny, then God bless you! In wealthy households

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A Regency Christmas

In the Regency era Christmas festivities began on the 6th December, St Nicholas’s Day, with the exchange of small gifts and ended on January 6th, Twelfth Night. This month was a time for parties, suppers and balls with family and

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How to Make a Christmas Pomander

I love to make pomanders at this time of year so that by the time Christmas arrives the house is gloriously perfumed with their rich, spicy scent. When I was a child, making pomanders was just as much a festive

Posted in Georgian and Regency Life, The Spice Merchant's Wife

Stir-Up Sunday

Stir-Up Sunday falls on the last Sunday before Advent, which is the twenty-second of November this year. The name is derived from a quote from the Bible: ‘Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord!’ This may have been part of

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Women and Marriage in the Georgian and Regency Period

Growing up in the nineteen fifties, perhaps it’s easier for me than for today’s young women to imagine what it might have been like to live in the Georgian or Regency era. Although the women’s liberation movement was gaining strength

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Charlotte Betts Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two step-children had grown up. She lives with her husband in a cottage in the woods on the borders of Hampshire and Berkshire.

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