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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Bear and the Nightingale" by Katherine Arden & The Winter Secret by Lulu Taylor
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Post by Madeleine » Sat October 31st, 2009, 11:34 am

[quote=""Misfit""]Madeline, how you holding out in a town so out there in timbuktu there isn't even a McDonalds?[/quote]

I don't go to McD's that often anyway, and we're used to rain here (it's raining at the moment) so I'm just about managing!

Nona, I have the first 3 and am waiting for number 4 to come out in pb, haven't seen the films yet though. So far it's a nice easy read, and I can identify with Bella's uselessness at PE, I was exactly the same! :)
Currently reading "The Bear and the Nightingale" by Katherine Arden & "The Winter Secret" by Lulu Taylor

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Nefret
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Favourite HF book: Welsh Princes trilogy
Preferred HF: The Middle Ages (England), New Kingdom Egypt, Medieval France
Location: Temple of Isis

Post by Nefret » Sat October 31st, 2009, 4:41 pm

France, in the court of Charles VI "The Mad". With a young Katherine of Valios.

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Post by Misfit » Sat October 31st, 2009, 5:14 pm

The Isle of Sky 1953, seeking two female climbers feared dead at the hand of a murderer....

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Post by 4ever Queen » Thu November 12th, 2009, 10:31 pm

France, at the Temple, 1793--it seems that the Knight of the Maison- Rouge suceeded in delivering a 'note' to Madame Veto (Marie Antoinette). The Guard just caught her... they are abour to search her... and they have sound the alarm... oh no!!! :o
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Post by Catherine Delors » Fri November 13th, 2009, 8:45 am

London 1770s...

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Post by Leo62 » Fri November 13th, 2009, 12:14 pm

I'm at a lunatic asylum in the Forest of Dean in the 1840s. Alfred Tennyson has just paid a call...
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Post by Sharz » Fri November 13th, 2009, 4:41 pm

I'm pulling together a legion to try to hold off the barbarian hoards threatening Gaul.

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Post by Anna Elliott » Fri November 13th, 2009, 5:28 pm

I'm in the Whitechapel district of Victorian London. Jack the Ripper is on the prowl . . .

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Post by annis » Fri November 13th, 2009, 6:00 pm

(Thought I'd pinch this idea from Misfit!)

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Local legend says the bluebells mark the blood of Norman soldiers--

I'm at Rannerdale (originally probably "Ragnar's dale") in the Cumbrian Lakeland District, in the midst of a bloody battle between Ranulph le Meschin's Normans and Cumbrian/Norse resistance fighters led by Jarl Buthar. It's sometime early in the 12th century--

Amazingly, although most people have heard of Hereward the Wake, Jarl Boethar/Buthar is virtually unknown, yet for thirty odd years from the Harrying of the North in 1069 to the early 12th century, this Norse chieftain and his band of disaffected native Cumbrians and Anglo-Scandinavians conducted a campaign of running resistance against the Norman invaders from a hidden stronghold in the fells around Buttermere (which takes his name in a corrupted form)

I hadn't realised the extent to which the Vikings occupied this area from the ninth and tenth centuries; with all those Viking genes it's no wonder the Borderers developed such a fearsome reputation!

Reading: Rosemary Sutcliff's "Shield Ring"
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Margaret
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Post by Margaret » Fri November 13th, 2009, 6:18 pm

I'm in London, but not sure when. Reading Georgette Heyer's Devil's Cub - definitely earlier than Regency. They are wearing wigs, powdering their hair, and the parties are called "drums." Early Georgian, I suppose - Heyer is not one for sprinkling dates into her novels, but the setting details are very precise - an expert in the period would probably be able to date it to the year from the costuming alone.
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