Category Archives: History

Remember, Remember…

Last November I wrote a post about how Bonfire Night, or Guy Fawkes Night, is celebrated in the U.K. today – and how different it is now to when I was growing up in the 1950s and 60s. In that … Continue reading

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To Market To Market To Buy A Fat Pig … or whatever takes your fancy.

To market, to market, to buy a fat pig, Home again, home again, jiggety-jig To market, to market, to buy a fat hog Home again, home again, jiggety-jog To market, to market, to buy a plum bun, Home again, home … Continue reading

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No White Feather – Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers

Flash Fiction for for Aspiring Writers is a writing challenge hosted by Priceless Joy. It asks us to write a piece of fiction from the photo prompt provided in around 100-150 words – give or take 25 words. It encourages us … Continue reading

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Magna Carta Sand Sculpture at Lincoln Castle

This is my fourth and last post about King John and the Magna Carta – a short one this time, following another trip to Lincoln this afternoon. We went specifically to take a few photos of the newly created sand … Continue reading

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Come to the Fair!

I’ve written this post as my piece of ‘extra information’ to accompany a flash fiction story inspired by this prompt, which is courtesy of Pixabay: The story can be read here. A Look at the History of  Fairs A fair, … Continue reading

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Medieval Siege Warfare

This post and the flash fiction post that accompanies it (which can be found here) are the first posts I’ve done for almost two weeks. I was away from home for eight days, and since being back we’ve been invaded … Continue reading

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The City of York – a gem of a place for historical fiction writers

Last Tuesday, my husband and I had a trip out to the wonderful old city of York. We’re regular visitors to the city itself, which is roughly eighty miles from where we live, but on this occasion our main purpose … Continue reading

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Vikings! Who Were They – And How Did They Get That Name, Anyway?

The definition of the word ‘Viking’ in the Oxford Dictionaries is as follows: ‘Any of the Scandinavian seafaring pirates who raided and settled in many parts of North West Europe in the 8th and 9th centuries.’ According to many films, … Continue reading

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History is all around us

There are so many wonderful sites around the world that serve as a constant reminder of our past. Such sites can also stimulate the imaginations of writers of historical fiction and, in many novels, form the backdrop against which the characters can play out … Continue reading

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