Patricia Bernstein

British Monarchy

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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

Queen Anne was accused of "dark deeds"

Many of you have seen or heard of the 2018 black comedy film The Favorite, nominated for 10 Academy awards, about the reign of Queen Anne (1702-14), the last of the Stuart monarchs, and wondered whether any of the more…

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British Monarchy historical fiction Jacobite Rebellion Queen Anne The Stuarts

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