Corhampton Church – a Saxon gem in Provincia Meanwarorum

For today’s blog, I am reposting a piece I wrote for the History Girls blog back in October, continuing my series of posts about the communities of the Meon Valley. Corhampton (Quedementune (11th c); Cornhampton (13th); Corhamtone, Cornhamtone and Cornehampton (14th); Corehampton (16th) lies on the west bank of the River Meon, seven miles upstream …

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A Woman’s Lot – the second “Meonbridge Chronicle”

Some weeks ago, I sent the manuscript of the second Meonbridge Chronicle, A Woman’s Lot, to my editor. Her initial thoughts are positive – hooray! – but I haven’t yet received her full considered feedback. I’m hoping to receive that when I return from India (which is where I am right now – home again in …

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Everyday stories of country folk? (a reprise)

Excitingly, I’ve just sent my manuscript of the second Meonbridge Chronicle, A Woman’s Lot, off to my editor. Naturally, I’m hoping she won’t tear it to pieces, though I do of course expect some cogent feedback. But I’m hopeful of being able to publish it in the first quarter of 2018. I’ll write more about …

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Were there once ships on the River Meon?

Titchfield, in Hampshire, was once one of the most significant towns on the River Meon, enjoying considerable prosperity and status during the mediaeval period, at least partly because of its port. But, over time, as with many places whose fortunes rose and fell, Titchfield declined in importance, largely for social and economic reasons, but also …

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Historical fiction – love me, love me not?

I was delighted recently to have a guest spot on Anne Williams’s lovely blog, Being Anne, talking about ways of trying to make historical fiction seem “authentic”… Do have a look at: http://beinganne.com/2017/09/guestpost-carolyn-hughes-author-of-fortunes-wheel-writingcalliope-silverwoodbooks/ In the post, Anne herself made a very interesting comment about historical fiction, which I would like to explore a little further. Anne …

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