Category: Victorian

William Banting by Lillian Marek

William Banting was huffing and puffing by the time he reached the top of the first flight of stairs, or so the story goes. He said to himself, “I need to lose some weight.” He was probably right about that. At five feet five inches, Banting was not a tall man—but in his mid-60s he weighed in at about 200 pounds. He went to various doctors...

Female Spies in History by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Female Spies in History Female spies have been known throughout the centuries in royal court, eavesdropping on conversations held at balls and in corridors, but did you know that the use of women as spies was commonplace in both England and America during the 19th century? In England, the brunt of spying took place in industry, while in America, the greatest use of female spies took...

Late Victorian Decorative Techniques by Madeline Hunter

While there are many house museums one can visit, finding one that is almost intact from the time it was decorated and occupied is unusual. Clayton, the Pittsburgh family home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, is such a house. Originally an eleven room building, it was expanded during 1891-92 to what is seen today. After Frick and his family moved to NYC in 1905, the house...

Why I Write Romance–A Different Perspective

WHY I WRITE ROMANCE—A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE by Kathleen Bittner Roth Society rewards us for practiced thinking by handing us diplomas to tack on our walls. But what of our important feeling nature? Thinking is what brings about clarity and objectivity in our lives, but only feeling can bring a sense of value and worth to a person. Our self-esteem comes not from what we think of...

Hidden Niches of Historical Romance

Historical romance is a broad umbrella that covers many wet, shivering time periods. Regency and Westerns stand firmly under the center of the umbrella. Other less often visited eras sometimes seem to cluster around the edges getting water down their necks. Off the beaten path stories and places always attract me. I’d like to share a couple of romance reads that celebrate the great diversity within...

Fantastic Video – Explore Historical Romance!

Think you know historical romance? Prepare to be surprised. Never read historical romance? The subgenre has never been more diversified in its offerings to readers. To back up our claim, Historical Romance Network members put together a fun, energetic video highlighting a collection of beautiful covers by just a few of today’s stars in historical romance. Stay tuned – many more to come.