Red Lodge, Bristol 1

Although this blog is mostly London centric, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have some pretty amazing history stuff going on here in Bristol, albeit on a rather smaller scale. I’ve already written about Bristol Museum, SS Great Britain, Georgian House and M Shed on here and thought it was about time that I featured […]


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Royal Childhood at Buckingham Palace 3

‘From well-loved toys and treasured family gifts to tiny childhood outfits, a special exhibition at Buckingham Palace will give an unprecedented glimpse into life as a young member of the royal family growing up at Buckingham Palace.’ I’m a very lucky girl indeed as once again I was invited along to a special blogger’s preview […]

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughter – Émilie de Sainte-Amaranthe 3

Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe. Sadly, not much is known about Émilie, who was reputed to be one of the most beautiful women in Paris in the early 1790s. She was born Charlotte-Rose-Émilie Davasse de Saint-Amarand on the 18th July 1775 in Paris and although her mother was married to Monsieur de Saint-Amarand (Sainte-Amaranthe was a flouncy […]



Charlotte Corday and the Murder of Marat 4

At 7am on the morning of Sunday, the 13th July 1793, a young woman, just twenty five years of age, with neatly arranged curling chestnut hair and clear blue eyes walked with a firm and steady tread through the already busy sun warmed streets of Paris from her lodging, room 7 in the Hôtel de […]

Bastille Day Books! 4

The Storming of the Bastille, Singleton. Photo: Christie’s. Happy Bastille Day! Ah, it’s that time of the year when people better organised than my husband and I head off on their holidays. Oh, don’t pity us, we may have been tardy in getting our holidays sorted out but we’re making up for it in the […]

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Ten Historical Fiction Beach Reads 9

Yup, it’s that time of year again. You know the one. The time when the sun starts to come out and we all start fretting about the state of our winter dry and calloused feet, crash dieting so that we can get a ‘bikini body’ (clue: body + bikini = bikini body) and mentally limbering […]

The Devon Wedding Weekend 3

I’ve been thinking for a while that I need to do something a bit extra with this blog as all the history posts can get a bit dry and it’s nice to shake it up a bit and be all egotistical and write about myself every now again. I’m not sure though, to be honest, […]

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Madeleine de Valois, Queen of Scots 3

Madeleine de Valois, Corneille de Lyon, c1536. Sorry for being so quiet at the moment but I am up to my EARS in the two books that I seem to be working on at the same time – the sequel to Minette and another one set in the sixteenth century, which I don’t feel QUITE […]

May 2014 1

I should have posted this ages ago but it’s better late than never, I suppose! Although this blog will still retain its emphasis on women’s history, I also really enjoy sharing more about my actual real life here too so am going to post a bit more about that in future. Anyway, May was a […]

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Alan Mathison Turing, Elliot and Fry, 1951. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. On this day in 1912, my hero Alan Turing, without whom many of us wouldn’t be here in more ways than one, was born in Maida Vale, London. War hero, genius, mathematician, cryptologist, computer pioneer, independent spirit and cider drinker we all owe […]

Fear of Forty 28

Z for Zillah, Edward Gorey. I have this in my kitchen. I had something of a miserable childhood and adolescence for all sorts of reasons too tiresome to enumerate here but suffice to say that it was tough at the time, still occasionally upsetting now but these days I am mostly better than fine about […]

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The SS Great Britain after dark 2

As the more observant among you may have noticed, I mostly seem to feature museums and historical events in the London area. We do have the occasional interesting stuff going on here in Bristol as well, but I think that if I couldn’t get to London this blog would probably die a very quick death […]

Sherlock Holmes, October 2014 6

Exciting news for all fans of Sherlock Holmes and come on, let’s face it, who ISN’T a fan?! Oh, shush, you at the back. Anyway, the much anticipated Museum of London exhibition about our favourite super sleuth is kicking off on the 17th of October and running until the 12th of April 2015 and I […]


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The Tower of London 4

Oh dear, this post is REALLY late but I do hope that you’ll all forgive me as I’ve been working so hard on my next book that my blogging activities have slipped away somewhat. Well those days are OVER. Those days are DONE. I’m back in the GAME again now and so on. Until the […]

Sisters of Treason – Elizabeth Fremantle 4

As long time readers of this here blog will no doubt remember, I was a huge fan of Elizabeth Fremantle’s debut novel, Queen’s Gambit, which gave the reader a peep at the life of Catherine Parr, whom I’d probably say is my most favourite of Henry VIII’s wives, if asked at gunpoint and really FORCED […]



Minette’s birthday 1

Detail from a portrait of Henrietta Anne Stuart, Duchesse d’Orléans, French school, c1665. Photo: Royal Collection. “My poor little mother was on the run from Parliament’s forces when I was born. Sickly, exhausted, frantic about the fate of her husband and other children and massively pregnant, she was forced to seek refuge in the west […]

London Road

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb crawling on their street. When Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and […]

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