Words, Proverbs and Meanings

The meanings of words change over time. Awful began as a shortening for 'full of awe', in other words, inspiring wonder or fear. It has mutated to now be a tired word for something unpleasant. Although changing, on occasions a word will retain something of its original meaning. Elope was first used to described a … Continue reading Words, Proverbs and Meanings

The Dictionary of Slang; or, the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and “Fast” Expressions of High and Low Society.

I have a copy of delightfully titled The Dictionary of Slang; or, the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and “Fast” Expressions of High and Low Society. Many with their Etymology, and a Few with their History Traced which was published in London in 1867. This copy is the third edition of the book; the original was … Continue reading The Dictionary of Slang; or, the Vulgar Words, Street Phrases, and “Fast” Expressions of High and Low Society.

Elizabethan Resources – Politics and Religion

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others. Politics Budiansky, Stephen Her majesty's spymaster : Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Walsingham, and the birth of modern espionage Viking, 2005. Cressy, David Dangerous talk. Scandalous, seditious, and treasoable speech in pre-modern England Oxford: OUP, 2010. Dop, Jan Albert Eliza's … Continue reading Elizabethan Resources – Politics and Religion

Elizabethan Resources – Women’s Lives

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others, to be released as an ebook at the end of 2017. Primary Hoby, Lady Margaret The private life of an Elizabethan lady. The diary of Lady Margaret Hoby 1599-1605 (Ed. Joanna Moody) Stroud : Sutton Publishing, 1998. Sharp, Jane … Continue reading Elizabethan Resources – Women’s Lives

Elizabethan sources – Sex, Marriage and Family Life

Continuing my list of sources used in researching the background from my novel, Forsaking All Others, to be released as an ebook at then end of 2017. Primary Davis, Norman (Ed.) The Paston letters. A selection in modern spelling Oxford : OUP, 1963. Houlbrooke, Ralph A. (ed.) English family life 1576-1716: an anthology from dairies … Continue reading Elizabethan sources – Sex, Marriage and Family Life

Resources – Daily life in Elizabethan England

Daily life in Elizabethan England Primary Sources Gerard, John Gerard's Herball. The essence thereof distilled by Marcus Woodward from the edition of Th. Johnson, 1636 London : G. Howe,1927. Secondary Sources Ashley, L. Elizabethan Popular Culture Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988. Brooke, Iris English costume from the early Middle Ages through the sixteenth … Continue reading Resources – Daily life in Elizabethan England

Elizabethan Resources

Writers of historical fiction do a immense amount of research to ensure that they can evoke the period they are writing about as realistically as possible. Although only a small amount of that research finds its way into the finished work, readers are often interested in the sources a writer has consulted. Over the next … Continue reading Elizabethan Resources