Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

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ISBN: 151199696X

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This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you love history and you're hard at work writing your first historical novel, but you're wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero would be able to offer Marie-Antoinette a box of chocolate bonbons . . .(The answer to all these is "Absolutely not!"). . . then Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders is the book for you. Medieval Underpants will guide you through the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction-both beginners and seasoned professionals-often make, and show you how to avoid them. From fictional characters crossing streets that wouldn't exist for another sixty (or two thousand) years, to 1990s slang in the mouths of 1940s characters, to South American foods on ancient Roman tables, acclaimed historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past. Alleyn stresses the hazards to writers of assuming too much about details of life in past centuries, providing numerous examples of mistakes that could easily have been avoided. She also explores commonly-confused topics and provides simple guidelines for getting them right. In a wide assortment of chapters including Food and Plants; Money; Hygiene; Dialogue; Attitudes; Research; and, of course, Ladies' Underpants (there weren't any), she offers tips on how to avoid errors and anachronisms while continually reminding writers of the necessity of meticulous historical research. Third edition, revised and expanded

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1490424032

Category: Reference

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This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you're hard at work writing your historical novel, but you're wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero would be able to offer Marie-Antoinette a box of chocolate bonbons . . . (The answer to all these is “Absolutely not!”) . . . then Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders is the book for you. Medieval Underpants will guide you through the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction—both beginners and seasoned professionals—often make, and show you how to avoid them. From characters crossing streets that wouldn't exist for another sixty (or two thousand) years, to 1990s slang in the mouths of 1940s characters, to South American foods on ancient Roman plates, historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes frequent goofs, stresses the hazards of assuming too much about details of life in past eras, and offers tips on how to avoid errors and anachronisms while continually reminding writers of the necessity of meticulous historical research. Second edition, revised and expanded "I've been writing historical fiction for several decades, and I found this book immediately useful. I wish it had been published long ago. Written with humour, knowledge and common sense. An essential!" Sandra Gulland, author, MISTRESS OF THE SUN and The Josephine B. Trilogy

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders

This is not a book on how to write historical fiction.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

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ISBN: 148129962X

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This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you love history and you're hard at work writing your first historical novel, but you're wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero would be able to offer Marie-Antoinette a box of chocolate bonbons . . . (The answer to all these is "Absolutely not!") . . . then Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders is the book for you. Medieval Underpants will guide you through the factual mistakes that writers of historical fiction-both beginners and seasoned professionals-often make, and show you how to avoid them. From fictional characters crossing streets that wouldn't exist for another sixty (or two thousand) years, to 1990s slang in the mouths of 1940s characters, to the pitfalls of the Columbian Exchange (when plants and foods native to the Americas first began to appear in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and vice versa), historical novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes the often hilarious, always painful goofs that turn up most frequently in fiction set in the past. Alleyn stresses the hazards to writers of assuming too much about details of life in past centuries, providing numerous examples of mistakes that could easily have been avoided. She also explores commonly-confused topics such as the important difference between pistols and revolvers, and between the British titles "Lord John Smith" and "John, Lord Smith" and why they're not interchangeable, and provides simple guidelines for getting them right. In a wide assortment of chapters including Food and Plants; Travel; Guns; Money; Names; Hygiene; Dialogue; Attitudes; Research; and, of course, Underpants, she offers tips on how to avoid errors and anachronisms while continually reminding writers of the necessity of meticulous historical research. "I've been writing historical fiction for several decades, and I found this book immediately useful. I wish it had been published long ago. Written with humour, knowledge and common sense. An essential!" Sandra Gulland, author, Mistress of the Sun and The Josephine B. Trilogy

Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: a writer's (and editor's) guide to
keeping historical fiction free of common anachronisms, errors and myths, third
edition, by Susanne Alleyn. Spyderwort Press, 2013. Does just what it says on
the tin.

Author: Emma Darwin

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473609679

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Do you have a compelling vision for a story set in the past? Are you inspired by novelists such as Alan Furst and Philippa Gregory? Get Started in Writing Historical Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this exciting and wide-ranging genre of fiction, whatever your favorite style and era. Designed to build your confidence and help fire up creativity, this book is an essential guide to mastering the practicalities of writing historical fiction, showing you where to start with research, developing your plots, and convincingly and imaginatively capturing the voices of the past. Using Snapshots designed to get you writing quickly, Key Ideas to help crystallize thought, and a wealth of supplementary materials, this indispensable guide will have you telling amazing and rich historical stories in no time. You'll learn to research and plan your story, practice developing characters and settings, perfect your characters' voices, and transport the reader to another era. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

... K.M., Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (PenForASword
Publishing, 2011) Genre and world building Alleyn, Susanne, Medieval
Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (and Editor's) Guide to Keeping
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Author: Katharine Grubb

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781529352481

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY DAY Would you like to write but have no spare time? Do you not know where to begin? Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

The Weirder Side of Paris

With background and practical information for over a hundred bizarre and sometimes gruesome sights, weird artworks, wacky museums, and out-of-the-way historical locations, many free to visit, The Weirder Side Of Paris is an indispensable ...

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1973809346

Category: Curiosities and wonders

Page: 200

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Welcome to the weirder (and darker) side of the City of Light. You've probably visited-or plan to visit-the Paris Catacombs. But for history buffs, travelers trying to escape the overcrowded "must-sees," and fans of the bizarre, macabre, or morbid, there's a lot more than the Catacombs to explore in the offbeat, often creepy side of the city that most tourists never see. Forget all the clich�s about romance-the most romantic sight you're likely to find in this oddball, grim, or gory Paris will be a tombstone. In these pages you'll discover the city's stranger secrets and grislier history, from the sites where the guillotine did its bloody work, to the graves of its victims; from the Louvre's forgotten medieval basement to a M�tro station that celebrates potatoes; to statues of Death, a stroll through the sewers, and an irreverent look at some of the oddest (and ugliest) tombs in the famous cemeteries. With background and practical information for over a hundred bizarre and sometimes gruesome sights, weird artworks, wacky museums, and out-of-the-way historical locations, many free to visit, The Weirder Side Of Paris is an indispensable guide to the city that you never knew existed.

The Executioner s Heir

In particular, her female characters are refreshing in their range and willingness to defy stereotypes. A sequel would be welcome to this deftly imagined tale of the years before the French Revolution.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1492306797

Category: Fiction

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Charles-Henri Sanson is young, handsome, sophisticated, and rich. He is also the eldest son of Paris's most dreaded public official—and in the 1760s, after centuries of superstition, the executioner and all his family are outcasts. Charles knows far too well, despite the loathing he feels for the job, that the hangman's son must become one himself or starve, for society's doors are closed to him. For years Charles reluctantly administers the monarchy's merciless justice, while trying to put out of his mind the horrors of public whipping, hanging, breaking, and burning that he witnesses daily. But at last the day comes when—faced with stark injustice—he cannot reconcile the law's brutal demands with his conscience. Sure to appeal to fans of the “Hangman's Daughter” tales, The Executioner's Heir, the true story of a pair of tragic, converging lives, is a darkly atmospheric novel of prerevolutionary France in all its elegance, decadence, and cruelty. "Charles's personal crisis and clashing loyalties evoke Greek tragedy, and speak to the issues that will resonate with readers." (Starred Review) --Publishers Weekly"Alleyn's exhaustive research pays off handsomely in well-drawn characters and colorful historical context. In particular, her female characters are refreshing in their range and willingness to defy stereotypes. A sequel would be welcome to this deftly imagined tale of the years before the French Revolution. A well-researched, robust tale featuring an endearing executioner." --Kirkus Reviews

The Cavalier of the Apocalypse

In the icy winter of 1786, in the final years before the French Revolution, hunger, cold, and seething frustration with the iron grip of France's absolute monarchy drive poor and rich alike to outright defiance.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502592371

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

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In the icy winter of 1786, in the final years before the French Revolution, hunger, cold, and seething frustration with the iron grip of France's absolute monarchy drive poor and rich alike to outright defiance. Slums, fashionable cafés, and even aristocratic mansions echo with discontent and the first warning signals of the approaching turmoil of 1789. Paris's cemeteries are foul and disease-ridden, but no one, including penniless writer Aristide Ravel, expects to find a man with his throat cut lying dead in a churchyard, surrounded by strange Masonic symbols. Already suspected of subversive activities, Ravel must now clear his name of murder. His search for answers amid the city's literary and intellectual demimonde—with the aid of friends who may not be all that they seem—leads him into a tangle of conspiracy, secret societies, royal scandal, and imminent revolution, which grows only more complex when the corpse disappears...

The Annotated a Tale of Two Cities

The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities is not a literary analysis of Dickens's novel, but a source of information for the new reader, the longterm fan, and the student, in 780 notes about things, people, places, and events mentioned in the text ...

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1544252994

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You've read A Tale of Two Cities-perhaps more than once. But what are gaols, bumpers, tocsins, farmer-generals, and the Court of King's Bench? Where are Shooter's Hill, Temple Bar, and La Force, and who on earth was Mrs. Southcott? And did all those starving French people have baguettes in mind when they wanted bread? The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities is not a literary analysis of Dickens's novel, but a source of information for the new reader, the longterm fan, and the student, in 780 notes about things, people, places, and events mentioned in the text. Historical author and independent scholar Susanne Alleyn explains Dickens's references to things and places familiar to 19th-century Londoners, illustrates his many literary allusions and Victorian expressions, and provides an in-depth, factual background to his gripping but often misleading depiction of the French Revolution-a period that owes much of its distorted image today to the popularity of A Tale of Two Cities itself. In order to save space and reduce printing costs, this abridged book does not contain the complete text of A Tale of Two Cities, but provides brief excerpts from the novel. It does contain all supplemental material contained in the full-length edition of The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities-every note, glossary, map, illustration, appendix, and timeline.

Game of Patience

Paris, 1796.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502463709

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Paris, 1796. Aristide Ravel, freelance undercover police agent and investigator, is confronted with a double murder in a fashionable apartment. The victims are Célie Montereau, the daughter of a wealthy and influential family, and the man who was blackmailing her.Rosalie Clément, an enigmatic, bitter young woman, provides information that steers Ravel toward a young man with a violent past who was in love with Célie, but further inquiry reveals that-according to an eyewitness-he cannot have been her murderer. And recent, notorious miscarriages of justice lead Ravel, beset with fears of sending an innocent person to the guillotine, to doubt his instincts. From the gritty back alleys of Paris to its glittering salons and cafés, through the heart of the feverish, decadent society of postrevolutionary France, his investigation leads him into a puzzle involving hidden secrets, crimes of passion, and long-nurtured hatreds.

Game of Patience

In short, this book has everything." (Library Journal) "An elegant, elegantly written, precisely constructed novel of Paris in the aftermath of post-revolutionary France. . .

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher:

ISBN: 1482699478

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

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Paris, 1796. Aristide Ravel, freelance undercover police agent and investigator, is confronted with a double murder in a fashionable apartment. The victims are Célie Montereau, the daughter of a wealthy and influential family, and the man who was blackmailing her. A friend of Célie's, Rosalie Clément, an enigmatic, bitter young woman, provides Aristide with intelligence that steers him toward a young man with a violent past who was in love with Célie, but further inquiry reveals that-according to an eyewitness-he cannot have been her murderer. And recent, notorious miscarriages of justice lead Aristide, beset with fears of sending an innocent person to the guillotine, to doubt his investigative instincts. As time passes, Aristide finds himself reluctantly attracted to Rosalie, although he suspects that she knows more about the murders than she will say. From the gritty back alleys of Paris to its glittering salons and cafés, through the heart of the feverish, decadent society of postrevolutionary France, Aristide's investigation leads him into a puzzle involving hidden secrets, crimes of passion, and long-nurtured hatreds. "Alleyn knows her French Revolution, creates a complex brain-teaser of a mystery, and excels in making her characters believable. In short, this book has everything." (Library Journal) "An elegant, elegantly written, precisely constructed novel of Paris in the aftermath of post-revolutionary France. . . . Alleyn has obviously done meticulous and extensive research and the characters with whom she peoples these pages come alive with impact and care. She writes with a steady hand and her messages are clear, though they never get in the way of this highly entertaining and rousing story." (Carl Brookins, Minnesota Crime Wave) "Compelling." (Kirkus Reviews)

Palace of Justice

Louis XVI is in his grave, and Marie-Antoinette is on her way to trial.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1502857553

Category: Fiction

Page: 278

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Louis XVI is in his grave, and Marie-Antoinette is on her way to trial. Paris is hungry, restless, and fearful in the autumn of 1793, and the guillotine's blade is beginning to fall daily on the necks of enemies of the French Republic. Not even members of the republican government are safe from the threat of the Revolutionary Tribunal, where the only sentence for the guilty is death. In this atmosphere of distrust and anxiety, police agent Aristide Ravel, while coming to terms with personal tragedy, must stop a ruthless killer who is terrorizing the city. Ravel soon learns, however, that hunting a murderer who strikes at random and leaves headless corpses on the streets, paralleling the ever more numerous victims of the guillotine, is a task that will lead him to dark, painful secrets and echoes from an even darker past.

A Treasury of Regrets

For police investigator Aristide Ravel, the teeming streets of dissolute postrevolutionary Paris are a constant source of activity.

Author: Susanne Alleyn

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1503203611

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Page: 260

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For police investigator Aristide Ravel, the teeming streets of dissolute postrevolutionary Paris are a constant source of activity. And in the unruly climate of 1797, when gold and food are scarce, citizens will stop at little to get what they need. When illiterate servant Jeannette Moineau is accused of poisoning her master, Ravel cannot believe she is guilty. With stubborn witnesses, a mysterious white powder, and stolen goods all stacked against her, however, he knows it will not be easy to clear her of the charges. But he finds an unexpected ally in Laurence, a young widow of the house, whose past surprisingly intersects with his own. In a large household overcome with bickering and resentment, everyone seems to have a motive for poisoning old Martin Dupont. Ravel and Laurence probe the secrets of the city's crafty politicians and confidence artists for clues, but as more family members turn up dead, the list of suspects rapidly dwindles...

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Webster s Universal College Dictionary

Author:

Publisher: Gramercy

ISBN: 0517183617

Category: Reference

Page: 945

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The most current -- copyright 1997 -- college dictionary in the marketplace today at an unbeatable price of $9.99! Based on Random House Reference's Premium College Dictionary, it has 100,000 entries and 28 extra reference guides, including foreign alphabets, planets of the solar system, distances between U.S. cities, and books of the Bible.

Webster s American Dictionary

Author: Random House

Publisher: Random House Reference

ISBN: 0679452133

Category: Reference

Page: 945

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Defines more than 100,000 entries, provides current coverage of scientific and technical terms, and a section of reference supplements

Webster s New Explorer Encyclopedic Dictionary

Author: Merriam-Webster, Inc

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ISBN: PSU:000060626578

Category: Reference

Page: 2267

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A comprehensive list of 330,000 words in the English language and their definitions also includes separate sections listing biographical, Biblical, mythological, and geographical names; a handbook fo style; synonyms and antonyms; and a pronunciation guide