A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

Originally posted on Mimi Matthews:
Bicycle Detail, Poster of the Société Parisienne, 1895. In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case.  The case involved two men who had both emigrated to America from London in the early 1890s.  One of these men was a farmer named Mr. Haggett who settled down with his family… Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

Death at the Needle

Author Mimi Matthews guests today, writing about the tragic life of the seamstresses who made those wonderful gowns we salivate over in historical romances. For those of you not familiar with Mimi Matthews’ blog, it’s one of the best researched historical fashion and culture websites out there. I’m a huge fan. Keep reading to see why. Death at the Needle: The Tragedy of Victorian Seamstress Mary Walkley … Continue reading Death at the Needle

Historical Novels and Proper Forms of Address

Whether you are a fan of Historical Novels or Regency Romances, the forms of British address for the aristocracy can confuse even the most seasoned anglomaniac. Author K.J. Charles has given us the ultimate guide and cheat sheet below, and her fans have added even more information in the comment section.  So if you are interested in understanding how Charles, William, and George get their … Continue reading Historical Novels and Proper Forms of Address

Laura Land Tour: Burr Oak, IA

From Pepin, WI, it takes less than two hours to reach Burr Oak, IA. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, it’s because Laura Ingalls Wilder did not include this period in her famous books. The site, however, is well worth a visit. Laura and her family lived here in 1876, when she was nine. Grasshopper plagues had devastated their farm near Walnut Grove, MN. The Steadmans, family friends,… Continue reading Laura Land Tour: Burr Oak, IA

Laura Ingalls Wilder And The Power Of Place

A strong sense of place is an essential element of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic books. Thematically, the series is all about place—finding a place to call home. Laura excelled at evoking her settings for readers. Yes, I know her books were edited by her daughter Rose. But some of Laura’s original, unedited writing is rich with vivid detail. I suspect that her descriptive skills were honed… Continue reading Laura Ingalls Wilder And The Power Of Place