Review: “Salem” Television Series

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I’ve been putting off watching this series for a while because I’m always hesitant these days to watch anything set in the 17th-century. I set aside my preconceived ideas and had an open mind when I watched the first episode, but from the moment the first line was delivered, I was cringing. This series has a very heavy… Read on

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When Kensington Palace Became a Royal Residence


My article, “When Kensington Palace Became a Royal Residence” is now available on English Historical Fiction Authors. There’s something about Kensington Palace that immediately conjures up the word glamorous. Perhaps it is because in recent memory, it has been the home of notable, glamorous royals such as the late Princess Margaret, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up!


Another week is over, so that means it’s time for our Weekly Wrap Up! I hope you have all had a good week. Earlier in the week, I met up with historian Laura Brennan, who is working on a project about the Duke of Monmouth. She had a look through my 100 Facts and thought they were coming… Read on

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Review: By the Sword by Alison Stuart


By the Sword is Alison Stuart’s first novel and is set for a re-release in March of this year. Although I have known Alison for some time (Hoydens and Firebrands), I had never before read any of her books until now. England 1650. In the aftermath of the execution of the King, England totters once more on the brink… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-up!

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Happy weekend to you all! I hope you are all well. The past two weeks have gone by like a flash. It being half-term, it’s been quite difficult for me to do my work – there have been screaming children everywhere I usually go to write – the library, the coffee shops, the pubs, etc. I haven’t been able… Read on

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Groovy Historian Podcast on the Glorious Revolution

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Groovy Historian recently invited me to do a podcast with him and we did so earlier today. This is a very short introduction to the Glorious Revolution, so please do not expect a highly detailed analysis! Whilst I am no great orator (in fact, I’m quite a shy person), I do hope that some who haven’t heard about… Read on

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Review: Life in a 17th Century Coffeehouse


I just read Life in a 17th Century Coffeehouse by David Brandon and, by and large, I enjoyed it. This is a quick read as it is short (8 chapters and 90 pages long), but it is jam-packed with information and written in a very readable, entertaining style. The chapter on “The Everyday Life of a Coffee Shop” was… Read on

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“They Called Her Babylon” – Guest Post by M.J. Logue

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The Seventeenth Century is pleased to welcome M.J. Logue today. I’m currently working on an anthology with Logue and several other 17th-and-18th-century writers which should be out for your enjoyment later this year. Bolton, the Geneva of the North. My own, and Captain Hollie Babbitt’s, home town. A fiercely Puritan town, so-called in reference to the Swiss town… Read on

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Have a Baroquetastic Birthday, Emma!


Today on The Seventeenth Century Lady, we’ll celebrate the birthday of one of my biggest fans – Emma! (I hope my blog readers won’t mind, but since Emma and her mum have been so kind to me in the past by supporting my work and going on my Garden History tours at Kensington Palace, I wanted to take a… Read on

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“Piracy & Witchcraft: Salem 1692″ Guest Post by Emerson Baker


The Seventeenth Century Lady is pleased and honoured to have Dr. Emerson Baker here today as our guest writer. Dr. Baker has written several books on 17th-century history of Early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft, which was described by one reviewer as “The best guide yet to understanding what happened in 1692 Salem”. Piracy and Witchcraft:… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up No. 5!

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I avoided using the Internet this weekend and was able to get some substantial work done, so I apologise for the tardiness of this post. My husband and I went up to visit his parents in Northampton on Saturday and we cooked them a homemade Indian curry. Earlier in the week, I met up with my friend, Pitt historian… Read on

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A Time of Profound Change: A Guest Post By Ann Swinfen

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Please welcome Ann Swinfen to The Seventeenth Century Lady! A Time of Profound Change By Ann Swinfen I have published two novels set in the seventeenth century: Flood and This Rough Ocean. Why the seventeenth century? This is a period which some people regard as less colourful than the sixteenth century, but is that true? It seems to me that… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-up No. 4!

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Good day to you! I can’t believe another week has passed. Egads! Well, if you missed any major things this week on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve come the right place. It’s time for our weekly wrap-up! News 17th-century shipbuilding historian and brilliant artist Richard Endsor (he created the artwork in the lovely poster below!) recently got in touch and… Read on

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Remembering King Charles I at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle


Following his brutal execution on that cold morning of the 30th of January, 1648/9, King Charles’s body was eventually transported here to Windsor. He was buried in St. George’s Chapel, in the same vault as King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. I met up with Mr. Rigopoulos of the Royal Stuart Society for a coffee… Read on

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Roxana by Daniel Defoe


After many years of wanting to read Daniel Defoe’s Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress, I have just finished listening to the unabridged Audible audiobook recording of this classic. Daniel Defoe who lived from 1660 – 1731, was a fascinating historical figure: he was a rebel in Monmouth’s Rebellion in 1685, to his work as a spy, and his books A Journal of the Plague… Read on

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The English Civil War Society Parade, 2015


Yesterday, Sunday the 25th of January, I attended the English Civil War Society’s King’s Army Parade on the Mall in London. This is an annual commemorative event to mark the execution of King Charles I (whom some refer to as the Martyr-King) in 1648/9. It was on the very cold morning on the 30th of January 1648 (Old Style… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up #3 Jan. 17th-24th, 2015


Good day to you all! This week passed in a blur for me, I’m afraid, for I was ill with a bad cold. It seems like I’m often down with one bug or another, and I’m certain it’s due to the cold climate (which, I have to face it, was the whole reason my mum moved us from… Read on

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C17 HF Spotlight: “Letters to Kezia” by Peni Jo Renner


I’ve known Peni Jo Renner for several years now (as the 17th-century was such a niche market for a while); so it is with pleasure that I welcome her to The Seventeenth Century Lady to discuss her latest 17th-century historical fiction book, Letters to Kezia! After reading my first novel, Puritan Witch; The Redemption of Rebecca Eames, most… Read on

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“A villainous courtship: George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and Lady Katherine Manners” – Guest Post by Ella March Chase


 I am very pleased to welcome acclaimed historical fiction author Ella March Chase to The Seventeenth Century Lady! Ella has written several books, and her latest book, The Queen’s Dwarf, is now out in paperback. Today, we have a wonderful guest post from Ms. Chase, which is sure to interest you all, especially those who have a particular… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up January 10th-16th 2015

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It’s time for our second Weekly Wrap-up! One of the biggest things this week was viewing the trailer to the film Michiel de Ruyter. I cannot wait. Though, as I said on Twitter, the man they’ve hired to portray William III is far too hunky to be William III. Oh well, I suppose if it gets young people… Read on

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The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Being that the Ashmolean Museum is one of the finest in the world and that it happens to have been created in the 17th-century, I was thrilled to have been able to finally visit last Wednesday. One can live in a country for years and sadly miss out on some of the gems. I met up with my… Read on

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Weekly Wrap-Up! The Week of January 2-9, 2015

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Hi everyone! Those of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook know that I post any 17th-century-related news. As this is something I haven’t been sharing here on the website, I thought (given 2015 has just started) that I could begin doing a weekly compilation of all news, highlights, and links. Let me know what you think!… Read on

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