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When exile was the only option – Alison Morton paints the background to EXSILIUM

Since years back, I have been a Roma Nova fan, somewhat addicted to Alison Morton’s books set in an alternate history world, where a small remnant of “true Rome” has survived through the centuries. In the first few books, the story is set in contemporary times, a delicious mix of fast-paced action and great world-building. […]

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Steel Valley – coming of age in the industrial hey-day.

Today I am hosting a stop on Jerry Madden’s tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club. His book, Steel Valley, is set in the 1960s in Ohio which qualifies it as historical fiction – you know, at least fifty years in teh past. Gulp. I am apparently fast becoming a relic. . . I find

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Struck by the arrow – of love and its consequences

The day Camila met Ladislao, she was eighteen. He was a year or so older—and a Jesuit priest. The year was 1843, the place Buenos Aires, and as Ladislao had been appointed the family  priest, they saw a lot of each other. Ladislao was a friend of Camila’s older brother, also a Jesuit priest, and

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Oh woe, my toe!

Today’s post is about an ailment, namely gout. Why? Because I discovered some months ago that Edward I, a larger-than-life presence in my upcoming rlease, apparently suffered from this disease. Now, In Sweden gout has pejoratively been known as “portvinstå” – portwinetoe – and was assumed to afflict only very sedentary, very rich, somewhat obese,

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One son died young, one became an earl, one a bishop and one an abuser – the life of a medieval mother

Today, we’re going to spend some time with a woman called Elisabeth. Back in her day, there were many, many Elisabeths. And Eleanors. And Matildas. Our Elisabeth had the misfortune of a somewhat burdened surname. Being a de Montfort in 13th century England was not necessarily a good thing—at least not after the battle of

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Wandering the medieval streets of London

Here, take my hand. Come on, I won’t hurt you. Nope, just grab hold of me so that I can drag you with me, seven centuries backwards in time. What, you don’t want to? I promise I’ll bring you back. Cross my heart. (Sheesh: some people are SO unadventurous!) Now that you’ve overcome your fear,

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Celebrating the winter solstice – a reflection on sacrifices, pagan ways and little folk…

Today is the winter solstice. In many ways, this calls for a huge celebration – we have turned the corner, peeps, and slowly, slowly, the light will return to warm the frozen ground. In countries such as mine, so far north as to extend beyond the Artic Circle, winter is the season of extended nights

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Beautiful Ghost – Milana Marsenich transports us back to Montana in the early 20th century

Today, I am happy to host Milana Marsenich and her book, Beautiful Ghost, as part of her Coffee Pot Book Club tour.  Milana’s novel is set in 1918, just as the dreaded Spanish Flu starts spreading – and I imagine that present-day audiences are better equipped to understand the reactions to this influenza after our

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The king’s lady – of Nicholaa de la Haye, defender of Lincoln, as presented by Sharon Bennett Connolly

Today, dear peeps, we’re going to be spending time in medieval England, more specifically in the reign of King John. This time and place was a man’s world where women rarely got more than a passing mantion by the (male) chroniclers. There were exceptions of course, and one such exception was Nicholaa de la Haye,

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The Warmth of Snow – welcome to romantic Sweden!

Today, I am rather chuffed to be part of Heidi Eljarbo’s blog tour featuring her new book, The Warmth of Snow. Why? Well, the book is set in Sweden, and now and then i succumb to bouts of patriotism. Plus, Heidi lives in Norway, and I love Norway! (Well, not always: not when they beat

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