Patricia Bernstein

Out of the Past

Famous Prisoners in the Tower of London: Thomas Cranmer

Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was a primary force in the establishment of the Protestant faith in England whose life ended tragically, burned at the stake by Queen Mary I (“Bloody Mary”)....

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British Monarchy historical fiction Tower of London Famous Prisoners

Laudanum: All the rage for over 200 years

Laudanum, a mixture of opium and alcohol, features prominently towards the end of my novel A Noble Cunning. My heroine needs a substance that will put a dangerous man to sleep at a critical moment in her plot to save her husband’s life. What was it?...

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British Monarchy historical fiction laudanum

Queen Anne, last of the Stuarts, told a tale about a warming pan and changed the course of history

Perhaps without fully realizing it as events developed, Princess Anne Stuart played a role in the series of events that brought a German who spoke no English from Hanover to London to become king of Great Britain in 1714. The trouble began with the birth of a royal baby in 1688....

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British Monarchy historical fiction Jacobite Rebellion Queen Anne The Stuarts

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