Historical Posts From Around the Internet
A roundup of historical posts from around the web recently.
- http://t.co/7T6ijxfMsX (daphne du bois)
The Viscount’s Pleasure House &
These two books have been rejuvenated and have gorgeous new covers.
If you haven’t already read them, I’d love you to read them now. Maybe you’d like to leave a book review so other readers can also find them.
The Viscount’s Pleasure House
An historical erotic romance, set in England in the risqué late Regency / very early Victorian years.
I hope you enjoy The Viscount’s Pleasure House, the first book in my Pleasure House Series. I loved writing this book because the darker side of London in the late Regency/ early Victorian eras fascinates me.
On the surface, everything was fashionable gowns and exquisite manners. Underneath, London bubbled with every sort of vice and brothels were found on every second corner in some areas.
The Viscount’s Pleasure House was a finalist in, or won, several contests.
- 1st Place in Four Seasons contest for the Windy City’s Erotic, 2010
- 2nd Place in Linda Howard Award of Excellence, Romantic and Sizzling category, 2010
- 2nd Round judging in Emerald, Single Title full ms, Romance Writers Australia, 2009.
Where can you find The Viscount’s Pleasure House?
Want to read an excerpt? Web Page
Embracing Scandal is an historical romance and the first in my scandal series with heroines whose scientific knowledge and intellect are an affront to increasingly prudish early Victorian society.
Five siblings battle against the strictures of British society to succeed in their chosen scientific fields. This story is about Lady Rebecca Jamison, Becca, the oldest in the family and how she and Cayle, the Duke of Sherwyn, embrace scandal as they battle to defeat an unscrupulous investment consortium.
Embracing Scandal was a finalist in several contests.
- 2nd Place Finally A Bride Oklahoma Historical Romance Writers USA, 2011
- 3rd Place New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book RW USA, 2010
- 2nd round Molly for Heart of Denver RW USA, 2010
- 3rd Place Royal Ascot Beaumonde Regency Chapter RW USA, 2010
- 2nd Place Emerald Reader Judged Full Ms Single Title – Romance Writers Australia, 2008
Where can you find Embracing Scandal ?
Amazon – Amazon UK + Smashwords + Pinterest Board + Face Book Page
Want to read an excerpt? Web Page
Mail Coaches in England during the Industrial Revolution – History of Mail Coaches – For 150 years before the first mail coach, letters were carried between ‘posts’ by mounted post-boys and delivered to the postmaster, who took out his letters and handed the rest to another post-boy to carry them on. The process was slow and post-boys were easy targets for robbers.Continue reading →
COME AND TAKE A WALK WITH ME DOWN A REGENCY STREET.
By the end of the Regency period, the City of London had more than a million inhabitants.
What’s in a name?
Elite places of London mentioned in my historical romance novels, and their modest beginnings. Historical romance authors often have characters who live in elite areas, such as Mayfair, Grosvenor Square, and Berkeley, yet all these areas had more lowly, or more dubious, beginnings.Continue reading →
Researching People and Places around London.
While researching about London and its environs over the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled across the histories of some fascinating people and places, like the ones from Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons.
These villages, situated by the River Thames to the south-west of London, have a rich history going back thousands of years.
John Cam Hobhouse Date: 1786 – 1869
Friend of Byron
John Cam Hobhouse ( Hobby) was a friend of Byron and is one of the famous people who lived at Twickenham.
Hope you enjoy the histories I’m going to share with you.
Visits Whitton Park with Byron
Byron’s lifelong friend from Cambridge days, Hobhouse was known as “Hobby”. His father Sir Benjamin Hobhouse, Whig M.P. for Bristol, leased one of the Whitton properties of George Gostling for twenty one years from 1809, calling it Whitton Park to distinguish it from Gostling’s Whitton Place.
Hobhouse lived at Whitton while correcting the proofs of Don Juan for Byron, by then in permanent exile. As Byron’s executor he was there again in the summer of 1824, sorting through correspondence.
A further, more distant link with Byron is provided by the residence in Twickenham of Amelia Marianne Leigh (1817-1876), daughter of the poet’s half-sister Augusta. Amelia is recorded as living at 1 Osborne Villas, London Road in 1865, at 7 (now 13) Apsley Villas, Twickenham Green the following year, and at 15 Chepstow Terrace, Queens Road by 1874. From here her funeral departed in January 1876.
Inherits Whitton Park
John inherited the lease on the house on his father’s death in 1831 but seems never to have lived in it, renting Archdeacon Cambridge’s house in 1832 and occupying a villa at Twickenham near the Thames in 1833.
In his diary for May 24th 1836 he wrote: “Went to Whitton. Desolate and melancholy in the extreme. A thousand recollections crowded over me. I go there no more!”
Mayfair – London’s Best Historic Places to Visit
Thought a great way to start the New year of 2012 would be to begin my series on the ‘Best Places to Visit’. I’m starting in London, UK, and will doing lots on the Best Historical Places in England, but will also be hopping around the globe to other continents.
Hope you enjoy visiting the places and seeing some of the photos I’ve taken,
Mayfair (originally The May Fair) is in central London in the City of Westminster and is one of London’s best historic places to visit.
Mayfair is named after the annual fortnight-long May Fair that took place on the site that is now Shepherd Market. Until 1686, the May Fair was held in Haymarket and it moved after 1764 to Fair Field in Bow because the well-to-do residents of the area felt the fair lowered the tone of the neighbourhood.
Mayfair was part of the parish of St Martin in the Fields and became part of St George Hanover Square in 1724. The new parish stretched to Bond Street in the southern part of Mayfair and almost to Regent Street north of Conduit Street. The northern boundary was Oxford Street and the southern boundary fell short of Piccadilly. The parish continued west of Mayfair into Hyde Park and then south to include Belgravia and other areas.
Most of the area was developed between the mid 17th century and the mid 18th century as a fashionable residential district by a number of landlords, the most important being the Dukes of Westminster, the Grosvenor family. The Rothschild family bought up large areas of Mayfair in the 19th century. The freehold of a large section of Mayfair also belongs to the Crown Estate.
The district is now mainly commercial and rents are among the highest in the world. It contains residential property, exclusive shops, luxury hotels, and restaurants. It includes the Canadian High Commission and the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square, the Royal Academy of Arts, The Handel House Museum, the Grosvenor House Hotel, Claridge’s Hotel, and The Dorchester.
- The Finest Water in Mayfair (catsmeatshop.blogspot.com)
- London’s Bond Streets: Old and New (regencyredingote.wordpress.com)
Walking Through Mayfair by guest blogger Diane Farr (lesleyannemcleod.blogspot.com)