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Patricia Rice
The Notorious Atherton, August 2013
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Amen! I feel so sorry for the kids whose parents don't read or appreciate books so they never learn the joy of reading. And my heartfelt gratitude to all teachers and librarians who try to overcome this attitude!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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People throughout time had nasty words for people in authority--it was basically all they had to fight with, I guess. And fun question to dig into! I have a bunch of lads running about who will need to start studying soon. ;)
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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so to implant a love of history, we really do need to be providing the kids interesting historical stories. Interesting!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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That's what we're here for--to feed book addictions!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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Isn't he handsome--as well as smart and principled? I'm not sure about a guinea being good wages for miserable long hours under horrible working conditions, but Peel was emphatic that the positions not be held by the social elite. I find that fascinating.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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Thank you! And now I wonder what our kids are reading... Do they get the same background of history in their fiction that we did growing up? Because you're right, that's where a lot of my fascination grew.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on London Bobbies at Word Wenches
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Oh, you had history at your fingertips! I'm in awe. When I was a kid, I could only try to imagine what London looked like. I'm fascinated by all the facets of the city living side-by-side, but I'm always afraid I won't get the connections correct. It's not as if there is a ton of reading material on Austen's people rubbing elbows with the criminal elements!
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In 1829, just as today, London's legal system didn’t apply so well to all the changes in society resulting from industrial advances, and the courts were being stretched to the breaking point. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Word Wenches
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I'm loving these comments! While I agree that women HAVE disguised themselves as men and some men/women can easily pass for the opposite gender--we're talking romance here. Would our heroine really fall in love with that guy at the beginning of the blog? Now if genre tropes allowed us to broaden our perspectives so that the manly looking heroine could fall in love with the effeminate gentleman--I'd love that story! That would open up whole new levels of the playground. Thanks for the lovely blog, Anne, and the nice comment about DENIM.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2015 on Chicks-in-Pants (part 1) at Word Wenches
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Sue, what a lovely way for me to start the day, thank you! I'm thrilled that you're enjoying the series, including the mysteries! The word wenches all know each other, even though we may live on different continents. It's difficult for us to get together all at once, but we keep threatening to do it. Then we'll hog the blog with photos so readers can see how wenches party. :) Isn't Angie great fun? If you enjoy mysteries, you might like her new series. Take a peek of her excerpt and see.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2015 on What We're Reading at Word Wenches
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I learned the moves but even as a kid, my memory failed me too often to be good at strategy. But boy, do I love the artwork of some of the gorgeous chess pieces I've seen over the years. Makes me wish I was good at it.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2015 on Check-Mate! at Word Wenches
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which leaves to some lovely murder mysteries, too!
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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wow, that's a fabulous question! I'd never really thought about it. But there are various kinds of entails--some can descend through the female line if there are no direct male heirs. So it sounds as if this would be the case here. Entails aren't the same as the laws binding titles--they're legal documents that can be set up as necessary.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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Oh, the Hardwicke Act used to be one of my favorite obstacles for characters to overcome. But it doesn't affect the Regency era as much. Guardianship is another matter entirely--and it's great for obstacles and conflicts if you have younger characters. But sometimes, it requires an evil mind!
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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In the U.S., agricultural lands often went to the son who actually wanted them. Or if they were divided through inheritance, then the sons who didn't want them could sell to the ones who did. Of course, these days, no one wants to farm.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2015 on Primogeniture at Word Wenches
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Really, luckily for me, sometimes the law creates more conflict than it resolves! Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Precisely the arguments my scientific hero makes! And the reason astrology fell out of favor. But just because Cancer is now Gemini, does a change in name matter? What if it's the earth's position to the sun that matters most? And thorough astrologists take into account longitude and latitude at time of birth...there are dozens of reasons that might make a difference to personality. I don't know enough to argue.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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cynic that I am, I can see traits that fit almost anyone under each sign. And then we throw in "You're different than your sun sign because you have this other planet rising" to cover all our bases. ;) But I still keep my mind open, just in case something falls into it!
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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about as well as any surgery in the middle ages would be my guess!
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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exactly. I won't allow my life to be driven by astrological theory any more than I'm going to believe quantum physics. But I'm keeping an eye on both.
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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I never discount or completely believe any theory until we have evidence. Open minds can more quickly grasp bits of knowledge and string them together than someone who refuses to believe because a book says so. And I laugh over the stock market theories as often as the newspaper's astrology predictions. Yeah, the market fell because a groundhog stuck its head in a hole...uh huh, totally buying that. ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 23, 2015 on Astrology vs Astronomy at Word Wenches
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Humans have been fascinated with the stars since we gathered around the campfire chowing down on mammoth meat. We simply didn’t have the ability to record that fascination before the third millennium BC. Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Word Wenches
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LOL, Mary Jo! I just did a makeover for my hero. The heroine's eyes nearly pop out when he finally uses a valet and cleans up. He'll not keep his coat buttoned or his neckcloth clean for long, but every once in a while, it's good to clean them up!
Toggle Commented Jan 26, 2015 on Makeover Magic at Word Wenches
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I learned a great deal of this from my mother-in-law, who grew up in a poor rural KY village. Her pie crusts melted in the mouth. But since we don't work like farm hands anymore, I guess we don't deserve those luscious crusts!
Toggle Commented Jan 23, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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yes, I've had to study historical canning and our period is sadly lacking in safe methods that anyone could use. I hadn't though about salted/dried stuff needing sauces, but you're right. And by the end of the winter, cooks would be desperate to hide all those withered root veggies!
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2015 on Regency Diet at Word Wenches
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