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Here are some articles here that may help aspiring writers, especially anyone starting out on writing a historical novel or historical romance. There are also a number of general checklists which I usually give out after workshops. Whether you are getting ready to send off your manuscript or just starting one, you may find it worthwhile to skim through these lists.

Whether you are writing a historical novel or historical romance (or, like me, something between the two), getting the background and atmosphere right makes it more interesting for your readers and adds to your integrity as an author. However, some aspiring novelists find the prospect of research extremely daunting. With…
If you read a lot of history, it's very jarring to find a fictional character in a historical novel given a name that is utterly inappropriate for the time and place, for instance, a German name for a medieval English peasant, or an English nobleman's title derived from an occupation…
An earlier version of this list was handed out as part of my workshop Breathing Life into History, presented at the New York Conference of RWA in July 2003. This is a very rough guide. The appearance or interpretation of some fabrics has varied over the centuries, e.g. fustian. Others,…
If you are a new writer, you might find it worthwhile to browse through some of these lists before you send off a manuscript. The checklists are based on some of the handouts that I’ve given out over the years at historical novel workshops but they include points that are…
How long is a piece of string? So many excellent history books abound, not to mention journals that I have only been able to select a few. There is an excellent series of biographies of English monarchs published by Methuen and Thames & Hudson. Sutton Publishing (Stroud, Gloucs.,UK) publishes many…
Some years ago one of my husband’s family in England inherited an escritoire, which is a writing desk with a sloping lift up lid, rather like the old school desks. It originally came from the family home in Teignmouth, Devon. However, for anyone who loves the novels of Jane Austen…
The illustrations show what was worn by The Maiden and the Unicorn heroine, Margery Huddlestone.