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Alewives, Brewsters, and the Birth of the Witch

(Insert cartoonish witch cackle here.) October wouldn’t be complete without a blog post relating to the spooooookiest day of the year—Halloween of course! I love Halloween: the gothy decor, the candy, the costumes. Back in my trick-or-treating days, I dressed up as a witch a lot, I’ve always loved The Wizard of Oz and Wicked and movies like Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus. Previously, I did a blog post about the Salem …

Bess Foster: the Other Woman

This is a guest post by Jess Toole. Thanks Jess! As a fan of the 2008 film, The Duchess, and a regular visitor to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, the story of Lady Elizabeth Foster has always fascinated me. Bess, as she is most commonly known, was born 13th May 1758. Her childhood was spent in Ireland in quite poor living conditions but she escaped this …

A Feminist Glance at History: Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots

This is a guest post by Marina Jovanović. Thanks Marina! Today, when feminism is stronger than ever, it is interesting to see there have always been powerful women who stood for what “girl power” stands for today as well. Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, are prime examples. Let’s see how they struggled to maintain power in the male-dominated world. Mary was crowned when she …

The WIVES Audiobook is Here!

I’m happy to announce that the audiobook for The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available on Audible and iTunes. Audible | iTunes   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story of Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Katheryn and Katherine? (Best name for an all-woman post-medieval law …

The Lazy Historian Shop has launched!

As some of you may know, I’m a graphic designer as well as a writer. I’ve been working on designs and graphics for the Lazy Historian Shop for several months now and I’m pleased to announce the official launch of the shop. We’ve got t-shirts, we’ve got tote bags. We’ve got tank tops and hoodies. We’ve got travel mugs, notebooks, coffee mugs, cards, clocks, framed …

The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is Here!

My first non-fiction book is now live! The paperback can be purchased on Amazon (and, hopefully within two weeks, at Bookmark in Charlottetown) and the ebook is available in almost all digital book retailers. Links are below. Thanks everyone for the support!   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story …

Hey, look! A FREE eBook!

Who doesn’t love a FREE ebook? No one, that’s who. The Lazy Historian’s Guide to Woodstock and the Music of the 1960s gives a quick, concise overview of the decade that started a revolution. Learn about the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, the 1969 festival that rocked the nation. Discover the top singles of the decade, the musical acts that made them happen and the …

6 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Nellie Bly

Happy International Women’s History Day! I’ve been so busy with a couple Lazy Historian-related projects that I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like to. I’ll have more news on those projects very soon. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter to get updates right to your inbox. Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman) is famous for being the first woman investigative journalist. She …

Big Announcement!

I announced recently on social media that I was working on a book. Last night I finished the first draft of The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, my first non-fiction book. (I already have three novels under my belt, the first of which was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award.) You might be thinking, “Does the world need another book about the …