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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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Nicola here, talking today about the influence of Dr John Radcliffe on the beautiful city of Oxford. I’m fortunate enough to live only 20 miles from the “City of the dreaming spires” and I visit it as often as I can. The sense of history in Oxford is all pervasive and very inspiring and last month I had an extra-special treat; a tour of two of Oxford’s most iconic buildings, The Radcliffe Infirmary and the Radcliffe Observatory. Dr John Radcliffe was an English physician, politician and academic. He was born in 1652 in Yorkshire and educated at Oxford University from... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Word Wenches
Thank you so much for the link, Shannon. I've had a browse through the tapestries and they are stunning!
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Thank you, Elinor. I've looked up the Nine Worthies series. I love discovering new tapestries! The Unicorn series really is remarkable for the vividness of the colours after so many centuries!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2015 on Telling Stories Through Tapestry at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Cara/Andrea! Yes, I thought you would be very appreciative of visual storytelling. As you say, it is astonishing how cleverly the artists convey all the nuances. Truly wonderful.
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Thank you, HJ! Yes, I think it is a wonderful piece of work. I wasn't nearly accomplished enough to do Ashdown and the lady who ran the workshops took that on and made it look very pretty, I think. I've taken a look at the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries online and they are very beautiful. I love that they depict the five senses. How wonderful! Next time I visit Paris I will make a point of going to see them.
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Nicola here. Today I’m talking about telling stories through tapestries as last weekend I went to the unveiling of our wonderful Parish Textile Map. I love story telling in all its shapes and forms, whether it is through words, paintings, music or any other medium and ever since I was a small child on a trip to France and saw the Bayeux Tapestry I have been entranced by the way that people used textiles as a way of telling a story. Most historic tapestries were luxury items, created in specialist workshops and used for both decoration and warmth. The first... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Word Wenches
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I think if you have a favourite genre you will get drawn back hoping to find something that engages you. There are still "different" books out there in historical romance and it's good to hear about Erica Monroe. I will take a look at those.
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These are very interesting points you raise, Janice and Sonya. I don't read a lot of Regency historicals any more for exactly that reason. A lot of the tropes don't work for me at the moment so I stick to those authors I know will write something with more depth (as I perceive it). I don't think all the good writers are dead (!) but I do think that publisher pressure can be very inhibiting. I too hope that times will change as both an author and a reader.
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Fabulous post, Cara, and people have mentioned many of my favourites too, especially Jospehine Tey and Mary Stewart.
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Thank you both very much indeed!
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How beautiful, Laura! The coming of spring is very special.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2015 on Simple Pleasures Then and Now at Word Wenches
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Thank you, Elizabeth. That is fascinating about lambs. I had no idea. I still love a cuddly lamb now and admit to being one of those adults who rather likes cuddly toys!
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Thanks, Rose! I am so glad you liked it!
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LOO, Mary Jo, on the ironing allergy! Yes, a cuddle with loved ones is the best!
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Thanks for sharing your list, Linnae! Chocolate! Oh yes!
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Thank you, Karin. I am so pleased you enjoyed it. I've been loving everyone's suggestions too. I enjoy seeing a new moon and standing out under the stars on a clear night. As for getting my hands on a book I've been anticipating... That's a very great pleasure!
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Thanks, Janice! You reminded me that really cold water on a hot day is one of mine!
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LOL, Artemisia! Pleasure indeed.
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Thank you, Jo. Yes, I remember my grandparents growing up in the early 20th century tradition of making music together. Everyone could play and instrument or sing or both. The influence of it came down to my generation. That's a really interesting point about the parks. It must have been depressing to be separated from the beauty of the countryside and parks are a good substitute.
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Lovely, Sue! Thank you. I do think that singing is a wonderful feel-good pleasure. And I imagine a lot of us would rate a good book very high on the list!
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Thanks for sharing your wonderful list, Lynda. Isn't it great the way a dog is always so happy to see you. I love that. And laughing with someone who gets your sense of humour... Priceless.
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Thanks, Bona! Love the experiences you describe! As Cara/Andrea said, it's about being mindful and appreciating those sensations and taking time. All the more enjoyable when it is heard-earned after climbing the mountain!
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So true, Cara/Andrea. It's easy to miss the simple pleasures when life is so busy and people don't feel they have time to look around them. I love your image of watching the breeze ripple across the water or over grass. It only takes a moment to pause and appreciate so much beauty.
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Hugs to your dog, Jackie! Such a lovely thing to have pets to enrich our lives. I like that you enjoy writing a letter. That's definitely becoming a lost art these days.
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Lovely, Anne! Thank you for sharing. Doesn't the fresh air smell of sun dried material smell lovely! I was surprised that spending time with friends wasn't on the list, whether eating or chatting or singing, or walking... But perhaps that's too "big" a thing to be a simple pleasure? Not sure. A fire outside with the night sky overhead... Fabulous!
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