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Redoubtable Edwardians

Welcome to my blog REDOUBTABLE EDWARDIANS featuring articles about the colorful eccentrics who populated the era of my books. I hope you will find them as fascinating as I do!

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Dogs in WW1

  The cover of DEATH OF AN UNSUNG HERO features a British officer with his dog a not uncommon sight in France and Belgium during WW1.  As complexes of trenches spread throughout the Western Front the need for well-trained military dogs grew until by 1918 Britain, France, Italy and Belgium had over twenty thousand dogs… Read the full article >>

Chateau Impney and the Salt King

  I am delighted to share Chateau Impney as the house on the cover for Lady Montfort and Edith Jackson’s fourth adventure: Death of an Unsung Hero,  and the story of how I came to choose it as a stand in for the fictitious Haversham Hall.   I had absolutely no interest in the history of Chateau Impney… Read the full article >>

An Edwardian Christmas at Iyntwood

In 1901 when Clementine, Lady Montfort was a young mother with three young children in the nursery it snowed that Christmas Eve as the Talbot family and their servants walked down St. Bartholomew’s church in the village for the evening carol service.   I remember from my own childhood that nothing captured the spirit of… Read the full article >>

British Tea and the Proper Wielding of Teapots.

I want to try to clarify some of the rules bout the ritual of tea time as it is probably one of the most misrepresented of British traditions.   Whenever I need information on the strangely intricate and unbending conventions that surround the Edwardians and their eating habits I consult Mrs. Thwaite, the cook at Iyntwood,… Read the full article >>

Clementine Talbot, Countess of Montfort

Thanks to Lyndsy Spence of The Mitford Society’s invitation to write a blog for ‘Meet My Main Character,’ I have the opportunity to introduce Redoubtable Edwardian: Clementine Talbot, Countess of Montfort the shining star of my novel:  ‘Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman.’ 1.  What is the name of your character? Is she fictional or a… Read the full article >>