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Meet My Main Character

This post is part of a blog tour started by Debra Brown, and passed to me by Deborah Swift

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or an historic person?

Elizabeth Murray was born in 1628, the daughter of William Murray, 1st Earl Dysart and Catherine Bruce.  Her father was brought up with Charles I, reputedly his ‘whipping boy’, the child who accepted punishment for the prince’s transgressions.

Being from a family of staunch Royalists, Elizabeth, her mother and three sisters paid for their loyalty with confiscation of their income, fines, restrictions and having Parliamentarian soldiers billeted on them while their father remained in the exiled court at Oxford with King Charles I.

When and where is the story set?

Between 1642 and 1653, the years of the English Civil Wars, mostly at Ham House, the Murray’s family home on the Thames at Richmond, but also at the exiled Royal Court at Oxford and the home of Elizabeth’s first husband, Helmingham.

What should we know about your…

The Perfect Game by Stephen Paul - Review

With my voracious appetite for murder mysteries as I gather research for my historical cozy mysteries, I came across this rather unusual novel which combines mystery, suspense and some supernatural elements on a very modern mystery.

April Fools Day

Today is definitely a duvet day, until noon anyway - designated by me to avoid those pranks which were once such fun to play when I was a child. At school, we locked a perfectly nice art teacher in a cupboard once because we didn't have the nerve to do it to the Physics mistress. Now I have no patience for them and if anyone puts salt in my morning coffee or apple pie's my bed- they will experience the wrath of moi!

Some cultures say a day of foolishness signifies the beginning of spring, others that during ‘The Deluge’ Noah sent a dove to find land on April 1. Also that Jesus was sent from Pontius Pilate to Herod and back again - a fool's errand.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII decreed the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar designed to replace the Julian Calendar, and called for New Year's Day to be Jan. 1 and not the Feast of Annunciation at the end of March. Apparently many Europeans refused to accept the new date, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April …

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