The Huguenots have inspired plenty of artistic works over the centuries. Today, we’ll be looking at the opera from the 1830s by. Giacomo Meyerbeer. If you’re a huge opera buff, you can find the score here. Les Huguenots gets high marks for attention to historical detail, which many artistic productions (and I’m including historical fiction
You can now buy all three of the Three Graces books in a single volume. Whether you prefer eBook or printed volume, you can get the Cleves sisters bundled into one book.
Thanks to Francis I, France created a legacy of artistic creation all its own. The new school, which would later be called the School of Fontainebleau, centered around the work of artists who worked at the eponymous chateau.
Before I even graduated from college, I knew that the Loire Valley chateaux were my “dream vacation.” Any time someone asked me where I most wanted to go in world, I’d say “French ‘Chateaux country.’” Keep in mind, this was years before I started writing about the people who lived, worked, and viciously stabbed one
Get ready to return to the French Renaissance this summer! I’m back from France, and thanks to my saint of an author assistant, I’m back writing stories. While The Valois Mistress and The Uncrowned Queen go through the editing stages, I’m tackling some shorter stories. I’ve got three in the mix. Before I go any
I covered the rest of day 1 of my trip to France in the last post. To catch you up, I’m still on day one because the second half of the day I went wandering on my own to Notre Dame. This wouldn’t have gotten much of a mention, but two days after we flew
I linked news of this controversy in my newsletter, but as I dug further, I knew I had to write a blog post about it. I’m still working on my blogging about my own trip to Close Lucé, but I’d like to think that this counts as “unusual circumstances.” Full disclosure: during my graduate school
Researching and getting ready for this trip has consumed me since November. Not only was it a MUCH needed vacation, it was my first research trip to France since I started writing historical fiction. Some visits, like to Chateau de Blois and Chateau de Chenonceau, were practically pilgrimages to me. We couldn’t afford to go
Story Origin is offering ten free historical fiction stories this May. From now until May 30th, you can download the stories. I’m offering my own short story, Safe in My Arms, in the bundle. If you already have it, you still have several other offerings to download. You can visit the page here, starting May
My biggest beef with the way most of us are taught history is that we just hit what I call the “highlight people:” the few who made a lasting impression and just skip over whomever Professor So and So thinks is just not that important to bring up in today’s lecture. The Simpsons lampooned this