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8th Day of Christmas: Favorite New Word or Phrase you’ve picked up from a book…

The winner of yesterday’s $75 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble is: Miki!

12 Days of Christmas

Today’s random question for a chance to win a signed paperback from my back list is: What is your favorite term that you learned from reading a historical romance?

Mine is Ice Queen.

Living in a house full of boys–heck, even the dog is male!–I feel like a queen. But, contrary to what one might think due to me being a writer of romance, I’m not overly affectionate. It takes a while for me to warm up to new people. And even with my husband sometimes I’m not always warm and sweet. So in a way, as strange as it might seem, I think if I were to live in those times, I’d be what the gentlemen at White’s would call an Ice Queen. Plus, you have to admit the mental image that comes to mind is humorous.

And now for the answers from yesterday’s quiz:

  1. A couple could get an annulment for lack of consummating their marriage? — False. A marriage could not be annulled based on non-consummation alone, i.e. if the couple just didn’t like each other or had been married by proxy. The reason for the non-consummation had to be due to impotence and even that had to be proved publicly.
  2. Duke was the highest title not held by a royal?–True. There are, however, archdukes who are above dukes, but they are considered royals.
  3. People ate Yule Logs (long cakes decorated to look like logs) at Christmas time. —False. As someone said, it was truly just a log.
  4. An earl’s children are styled Lord First Name (for his son) and Lady First Name (for his daughter)?–False. This was a trick question of sorts. An earl’s daughter (no matter if she were the first or the 5th is Lady First Name. The boys, however, were just Mr. Last Name, with the exception of the oldest. If the earl held any minor titles, his oldest son would receive the highest of those. If not, he’d just be a mere mister, heir to the title. Marquesses and Dukes younger sons were the ones styled Lord First Name.)
  5. In early December a large Christmas tree was erected in front of St. Gregory’s church. This was a large social event that even the Prince Regent attended.–False. I made this completely up and cannot find anything to suggest that I made up a true fact. Everything I’ve ever read on Christmas in Regency times states that those in the city were less likely to even decorate for Christmas with yule logs, mistletoe, boughs and other items than those in the country. It wasn’t until after Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843 that celebrating and decorating while in Town became the popular thing to do. As for the city putting up a Christmas tree for all of it’s citizens to enjoy…unheard of at the time, particularly since Christmas trees themselves didn’t become popular in England until after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were featured in the paper standing by theirs.
  6. Tinsel was all the rage–so much so that most trees looked silver!–False. Tinsel was a German tradition, not English.
  7. Children were visited on the night of December 24th by a jolly, slightly overweight fellow named Kris Kringle who’d leave them little treats their parents wouldn’t approve of. — False. The Germans believed in Kris Kringle, the English lads and lasses believed in Father Christmas.
  8. Mistletoe was hung over common walkways–True and False. As someone mentioned the wording was a bit misleading. I’d meant in common walkways around the house… But I can see where it might have been thought common walkways as in public places. So yes, drawing rooms, foyers, hallways, and any other common room in one’s house (maybe even a few private rooms, too…) were all decorated with mistletoe. Outside? Probably not.

Bonus Question:

Would Lady Olivia Sinclair would have been a hoarder of mistletoe? —True. Not only would it serve her purposes to trap someone into kissing her, but mistletoe was also used for medicinal purpose such as increased fertility (something none of us want for Lady O) or to be an antedate for poison. Since Lady O is always in need of medicine, and a hoarder of everything she’s ever touched, no less, then yes, I do believe she’d have been a hoarder of mistletoe, too!

There you have it. I hope you learned at least something from me today and now I an learn something from you: your favorite term learned from a historical romance!

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Books and Movies

Good Book AND Movie? ctd.

Gone With the Wind has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. And considering that I saw it for the first time less than a year ago, that’s rather impressive.

Last March I finally got over my fear of how long the book was (the average book I read runs 300-400 pages, max) and went for the plunge and read Gone With the Wind. It took me nearly two weeks to finish! I’ve never read such a detailed book in my life. But even for as detailed as Ms. Mitchell made the book, just about every detail or conversation had some point. Granted there were a few (such as the details about the curtain rod that held the green drapes up) that were a bit unnecessary, but for the most part, everything she wrote, or had her characters speak, came back up or foreshadowed something.

I was nearly in awe when I watched the movie. There is a reason it’s four hours long. Almost every line of dialogue in the movie, was directly from the book. Only a few inconsistencies could be found (Ashley had two sisters, Scarlett had a child with each husband, William something who came to Tara and later married Suellen though he was in love with Careen, the way Gerald dies is a slightly different, and the most famous line, “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” didn’t have the “frankly” in the book).

But what makes the book and movie so timeless (and yes, I’ll admit I’ve seen the movie now about four times, but will not be rereading the book) is the way the time period was captured.

Ms. Mitchell was quoted  saying she grew up on the knees of men who fought for the Confederacy and she didn’t even know until she was ten the Confederacy lost. Her vast knowledge of the period, presumably by listening to her grandparents retell their stories, and detailed descriptions made the reader (or viewer) see things as they probably were during the time of the civil war, almost like the author herself had been there to experience firsthand the bitterness and courage that fired up both sides of this country and made them fight for what they believed. And that, dear reader, is largely due to excellent research, which, let’s be honest, came naturally to Ms. Mitchell. Others of us, however, are not so blessed to personally know someone who lived in the time period we write about–unless it’s contemporary, of course–which makes research such a critical part of being an author…