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Benjamin Franklin Goes to France

  Join me in welcoming a new guest to the blog today! Steve Gnatz has written…

El Cid: Discerning Fact from Fiction

It’s a pleasure to welcome Stuart Rudge to the blog again today with some insight into…

Peggy Shippen: Vapid Flirt or Manipulative Spy?

Peggy Shippen sketched by John AndreNew York Historical Society When George Washington and his men realized…

History in Fiction: Getting the Balance Right

 I recently had the honor of participating in a Historical Writers Forum panel on getting the…

The Civil War: A Native American Perspective

  The Civil War is one of the most popularly studied and written about eras of…

The Most Memorable Epocha in the History of America

  Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, 1776 On July 3rd, John Adams wrote…

America’s War of Independence Was Just One Front in a Global War

  I was recently introduced to the work of Tom Durwood, and I think you will…

The Logan Act & Devotion of a Revolutionary Wife

The Logan Act was an early legislative bill that outlaws negotiation with foreign governments on behalf…

Spicing Things Up! The Medieval Luxury Food Trade

My faithful blog readers will recognize Toni Mount as a guest who always has exciting insight…

Luminous: Now on Audible!

  Luminous is now available as an audiobook! Listen to Catherine Donohue’s story of courage against…

The Grief of Martha Washington

Martha Washington is primarily remembered for her husband’s sake, a truth she would be accepting of…

A Solemn Christmas for Cecily Neville in 1461

  My guest today is well-known for her compassionate portrayals of medieval women. In her latest…

Historical Scandals: The Hamilton-Reynolds Affair

Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton is famous for many accomplishments. As the first American treasury secretary, it…

A Female Paul Revere?

  If you travel to Putnam County, New York, you will hear the story of Sybil…

Childhood in Tudor England

Have you ever wondered what childhood was like for Tudor children? Author Karen Heenan is my…