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Nicola Cornick
I write Regency historicals for Harlequin HQN Books and also work as a historian
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A reader-changing event is a very good way of expressing the experience. Thank you, Bona!
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That's a wonderful question to discuss on here, Elle. We will definitely blog about it!
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So many familiar names there,Thalia! Katherine by Anya Seton was one of the historical novels in my grandmother's collection and an early read for me. I followed it up with lots of her others. Some I loved, like the Mistletoe and the Sword, others were frankly scary to me at that age - Green Darkness. Rosemary Hawley Jarmen's two "Yorkist" books were fantastic and when I read your comment about the "silver gilt hair" I went "Oh yes!" because I wanted hair like that too! I still have a Mary Lide book on my shelf, set in the reign of Henry VIII.
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Nicola here, introducing this month’s Ask A Wench feature. The Wenches were chatting online, as we tend to do, and one of the topics we got talking about was the first historical romances that we ever read. As you might imagine, we discovered that there was some overlap in our reading experiences but also plenty of difference. We hope your enjoy this trip down our book-lined memory lane and we look forward to hearing what your first historical romance was! Susan: I haunted the old library in our small town in Upstate NY, with its marble floors, tall windows and... Continue reading
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I can't wait to see it, Elle. It sounds great and with so many recommendations I'm very eager. Maybe I'll be able to get it on the computer or possibly DVD.
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Spain has such a rich history to draw on, Bona. It's great that you get so much period drama. I wish we could see some it here!
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I'm definitely going to try and find this series online. It sounds fascinating.
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I hadn't heard they were making that - hope we get that one too!
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I remember The Duchess of Duke Street, Constance. Christopher Cazenove made quite an impression on me in my youth! It was a lovely series.
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That was a brilliant series, Karin, wasn't it! I remember finding it quite shocking at the time, with lots of sex and violence!
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Thanks so much for the recommendation, Jackie. I will check it out.
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Thanks, Kate - I will see if I can get this over here via the computer. Sounds really good.
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That version of The Musketeers sounds like a lot of fun, Jenny!
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I think it would be great if American TV companies decided to make more period drama, Alison. More variety for all of us!
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I hope we get that series about spies during the American Revolution, Louisa. That sounds as though it would be fascinating. I'd love to see more American-set period drama on our screens here.
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You clearly have an eye for historical talent, Beth!
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Haha! That's a very appropriate comment by your other half, Jo! The Musketeers definitely brightened my Sunday evenings, even with the anachronisms. Moonfleet! I love Moonfleet. It would be wonderful if they remade it.
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I do think they have made a good choice for the new Ross Poldark, Mary Jo. Definitely smouldering! I don't know if the BBC programme about the Pre-Raphaelites was shown in the US but Aidan Turner played Rossetti in that and did a pretty good job of it!
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I had to suspend disbelief a great deal to enjoy The Tudors, Sonya. I think it was consciously anachronistic in a lot of places which seems often to be the style now. The Musketeers had a similar approach, especially to the dialogue, which was witty but very modern. Fortunately the show with the prom dresses has passed me by! There is nothing more disappointing than bad costume drama IMO. But the good stuff is wonderful. That film version of Sense and Sensibility was great.
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Oh, yes, the Pallisers was another wonderful series. I only have the vaguest memories of it now (so young, of course!) but I was enthralled at the time. That's a good point about remakes, HJ. If you are too fond of the original it makes it very difficult to enjoy a new version unless it is equally as good in a different way. I feel much the same about books that are adapted. Still shudder over the TV version of Frenchman's Creek!
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Peter Capaldi as Richelieu is another bonus!
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Ooh, I loved The Scarlet Pimpernel, Sarah! Another great adventure based on a classic story. I agree about the costumes. If done well all the details of these programmes can have some really useful - and inspiring - details. I've certainly been enjoying the weapons and the, ahem, leather in The Musketeers!
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Nicola here. Today I’m talking about costume dramas old and new. It seems to me that after a long period with very little historical drama on TV and even less on film, there has been a revival of interest in the genre, at least from some television companies. Hurrah! It’s been a long time coming but to me the new historical series are very welcome and of course they bring with them a modern spin on an old genre. I have such happy memories of the UK costume dramas of the 1970 and 80s. The epic Forsyte Saga had been... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Word Wenches
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Hi Susan, yes that is the Uffington White Horse. I adore that book by Rosemary Sutcliffe (and indeed all the books of hers I have read) and living so close makes it all the more special. There is a very powerful atmosphere there.
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Your father is spot on about having to have a "hat face" to look good in them, Karin. I envy you! I think many people, myself included,have the wrong shaped heads.
Toggle Commented Mar 28, 2014 on The Return of the Codpiece at Word Wenches
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