Penny Hampson

A Winter Walk at Blenheim

February 9th, 2019

Last week, bored after being restricted to home because of the bad weather (we had a fair bit of snow where I live), I decided a visit to Blenheim Palace was called for. Not for a tour of the house, I’ve done that before, but for a walk in the gardens and around the lake. […]

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Dying and Dyeing in 1810

February 3rd, 2019

Trapped indoors by the extremely cold and icy weather we are enjoying at the moment, I thought I’d spend some time looking at the Gentleman’s Magazine for January 1810. I love reading about events that occurred so long ago and speculating on the stories of the people involved. A couple of sad items caught my […]

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Don’t be a Nuisance! 11 Useful Facts for a Regency Time-Traveller.

January 24th, 2019

To help with research, it’s always useful for a writer of historical novels to have a few old books to hand. Well, that’s my excuse for haunting antiquarian and second-hand book sites and shops, and spending hard-earned cash on decrepit and worn volumes (the only sort I can afford). To be honest, I started buying […]

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The Canal Built to Trap an Army

January 19th, 2019

Have you heard of the Royal Military Canal? Up to fairly recently, I hadn’t. An entry in the Gentleman’s Magazine for December 1810 brought it to my attention. It reported that a soldier had drowned in the canal, having fallen in when it was dark. The report didn’t mention the site of the tragedy, stating […]

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A Scandalous Countess?

January 11th, 2019

As part of my research for A Gentleman’s Promise , I discovered the amazing story of Mary Bruce (née Nisbet), Countess of Elgin. If you would like to learn more about the life of this – mostly forgotten – Regency lady, pay a visit to English Historical Fiction Authors, where you will find my article […]

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Normal Service Will be Resumed as Soon as Possible

January 10th, 2019

Just a quick post today. Father Christmas was very kind and gave me a lovely new computer. Aren’t I lucky? Unfortunately, it uses a different operating system to the one I’m used to, so at the moment I am scratching my head, trying to figure out how everything works. An extra problem has been that […]

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7 Snippets from The Gentleman’s Magazine, December 1812

January 3rd, 2019

  I spotted some interesting pieces in the Dec 1812 edition of the above publication, showing that life in the Regency wasn’t all ball gowns and masquerades. In fact, you could say these reports show clearly how dangerous and uncertain the times were. A fatal stampede occurred on 29th November. It was reported that the […]

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4 more sleeps until Christmas!

December 21st, 2018

Only four more sleeps until Christmas Day, and I’m nowhere near prepared. It’s not that I’ve been lazy, but a case of too many jobs to fit in a limited time, so this will be a very short post.   I’ve been busy going through the proofs of An Officer’s Vow and it will be […]

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A bit about me and my writing

November 27th, 2018

The inspiration for A Gentleman’s Promise I’ve always enjoyed reading, mainly historical fiction, crime, and mysteries; I can’t think of a better way to escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. I decided to write the sort of book that I enjoy reading, something light and escapist, but based in a real historical landscape. […]

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