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The Peace of Christmas Eve
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The Peace of Christmas Eve

  The Treaty of Ghent, also known as the Peace of Christmas Eve, was the pact signed in the city of Ghent, Belgium (chosen because Belgium was a neutral country) that officially ended hostilities between the fledgling United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Peace talks started in Ghent in August…

Members’ Regency Fiction Releases For December 2023

On the 1st of each month, Regency Fiction Writers publishes our FREE online newsletter, The Regency Reader, to anyone interested in Regency Fiction (1780-1840). The publication features author interviews, tidbits about the Regency era, and a listing of new titles from members and non-members. Members’ releases also appear here on the blog. Submit your Regency-set…

December’s Monthly Tea: Six Writing Productivity Myths
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December’s Monthly Tea: Six Writing Productivity Myths

  Join us on December 14 at 2 pm EST for a members-only talk on all things about setting productivity goals for 2024! (Be sure to SAVE YOUR SPOT via the button below!) When we struggle with productivity, we often find ourselves asking why any one particular method won’t work for us. Or why we aren’t more…

How Napoleon Ended the Holy Roman Empire
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How Napoleon Ended the Holy Roman Empire

“This is the way the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper” T.S. Eliot wasn’t describing the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire when he wrote those words in his poem, “The Hollow Men.” Nonetheless, his lines are an extremely apt way to describe the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, which…

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

It’s almost time to break out the pumpkin (or apple, or pecan) pies, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and, of course, roast turkey. For many Americans, a family meal featuring traditional fare is the basis of a Thanksgiving celebration. But you may surprised, as I was, at just how far back in history our Thanksgiving tradition…

Anti-vaxers 1802

Anti-vaxers 1802

In this picture, Edward Jenner vaccinates a reluctant patient with cowpox matter to prevent the more serious smallpox. Meanwhile, those already vaccinated show many, er, unusual side effects from the process. Previously innoculations for smallpox involved cutting the skin and using actual smallpox matter. It was called variolation and was much riskier. The word vaccine…