The Luddites

The Luddites

I admit. I’m a history nut. I don’t know where I came across the battle between the stockingers and hosiers, but to me it’s fascinating. Somewhere along the way wealthy merchants began buying up looms that stockingers couldn’t afford. The...
Castle Terminology

Castle Terminology

Bailey – The ward or courtyard inside the castle walls, includes exercise area, parade ground, emergency corral. Bawn – An enclosed area of mud or stone walls for keeping cattle. Burough – A town with trading privileges. Castle – A fortified...
Medieval Terminology

Medieval Terminology

The following is a list of common medieval terms that you might run across as a reader of my stories, or others set in Medieval Times. But don’t worry; I won’t use too many of theseā€”just enough to flavor the narrative or dialogue. Aid: A financial...
Knight Training

Knight Training

Knighthood training took years of intense practice. It began in early childhood when a basic education, good manners and rules of etiquette were taught at home. At the age of 7, young boys were sent away to the castles and homes of wealthy lords or relatives to embark...
Types of Magic

Types of Magic

I enjoy writing paranormal and fantasy romances. Years ago I watched Charmed TV series. I also re-read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Series, which I loved. Sanderson made up a magic called allomancy, where the magic users need to swallow various shavings of...
Regency Cosmetics

Regency Cosmetics

All sorts of lotions and potions were used to remove unsightly hair, the gray strands, vanish wrinkles, and generally keep the fashionable lady youn and beautiful. She might buy such products as Bloom of Circassia, Oil of Jasmin, L’Eau de Ninon, or Milk of...