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Sounds like a great anthology, Mary Jo. I think I was involved in an earlier iteration that came to nothing. The story length was 10,000 words and I found that too short for the story that developed. It became The Trouble With Heroes, a science fiction romance, which is now an e-novella. It's a powerful theme.
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Marina, you have excellent lust-taste! Granted your dream, would you want the medieval books or the pages to display on the wall? I'm imagining a sliding system so there's a new page every day.
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It's lovely to have some basic overviews, isn't it, Anne. I have a Kings and Queens of England book that has all the essential details in simple form. OTOH I have a book on the children of George III which is full of interesting stuff but the author went for a narrative style that makes details hard to find.
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Thanks for the reference, Mary Jane. I'm not sure why an amputee would devise a better sidesaddle unless he planned to use it, which is intriguing. Or was his wound incidental. As I understand it the Regency sidesaddle was tricky because of the lack of the leaping horn, though I gather a few daredevils managed remarkable riding back then. When you said "boots in stirrups" are you referring to two boots? There's one in a stirrup, isn't there? Love the dog story!
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Closet libraries. Yes. Been there! Amazing what spaces we can find for our books if we're imaginative. What about ceiling shelves let down on pulleys? Think it'd be a go?
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Yes on the scale, Gail. London was quite small in the Regency, even though a million people lived there. Seven miles wide, IIRC, and four deep? People could and did walk from one end to the other in any direction.
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Sue, when we had to weed, I put stickers on books when I used them. After a year or so I could spot the ones not used. Didn't always get rid of them, but it was a first indication.
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Pigorian Chant sounds fascinating, Marina. I'll have to check it out. I sang plainchant at my convent boarding school and love it.
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That's the way it is with the best books, Glenda. They're there waiting for us, and then they suck us in and times flies by!
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That sounds like a great book, Karin. As a child I loved to look through historical books with pictures. It probably started my love of history.
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A good dictionary is a treasure, for sure.
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Absolutely, Lillian, on the lost on byroads. I have no idea about composer payments. I hope you find out!
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Maggie, have you checked to see if your local library gives you access to the OED? The V&A is amazing, isn't it?
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Thanks, Kantu.
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ML, another great one. Mrs. Hurst Dancing. I feel so lucky to have stumbled across books like that at times. Otherwise I might never have known. But I still prefer to access the OED through my library. :)
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The Gentleman's Daughter is great, isn't it, Janice. And the other one. Behind Closed Doors? I got the plot trigger for An Unlikely Countess out of that one. And yes, The Aristocrats on TV was great.
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For a slight twist on the regular What We're Reading blog, this month we're highlighting some of our favorite research books. Some of the ones we use a lot are a bit dry or obscure, so we've each picked one or two that we think some Wenchly readers might enjoy, including some available on line. Continue reading
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Queen Margot is splendid, but pretty bloody. The French seem to like their movie history violent and scheming. Something to do with the Revolution? Or vice-versa? There was the TV series ages ago called Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings) which was all the more powerful for being in black and white. There's a new version, but it's not come to the UK yet. I've seen bits on You Tube, and though the costumes etc are great it doesn't seem to have the same power.
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Christina, thanks for the mention of The Scandalous Lady W. I don't keep track of what's on TV here, but I'll want to catch that one.
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There's a Ladysmith on Vancouver Island. It's indirectly linked to Harry and Juana as it was named in recognition of the lifting of the siege of Ladysmith.
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I definitely agree that as we get older we can explore in different ways, often for the better. For one thing, if we don't cling to the idea of trying to preserve youthfulness it's very liberating! However, there is an argument that Turner's changing style was due to changing eyesight. There's an article here. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/nov/18/arts.artsnews Having had cataract operations before the cataracts got bad, I can imagine the effect serious ones could have on what a person saw. I often go the weirdest light effects anyway, and I can imagine wanting to capture them.
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That's fun to see an ancestor in the papers! I was able to find a friend's ancestor in a book I have about Brighton in 1800. It lists most of the property holders and tradespeople. No details, but the name was there.
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It's hard to say when grief is genuine. The Regent was odd in his emotions, but I suspect he did feel bereft, if only of the future. Then it probably snowballed and his emotions fed off everyone elses. It was a kind of mania. I don't think the Morning Herald is one of the ones I have access to.
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Thanks, Mary! I just love having some roots as I write a story.
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Good point, Jenny. These old newspapers are often quite gossipy. They love a bit of scandal as well.
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