elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Amalia Carosella fell in love “with old heroes and older gods” while studying Latin. So, she switched her major from Biology to Classical Studies and English, and started writing about her favourite mythological and historical figures. She “particularly enjoys exploring myths that have been overlooked” and give their protagonists the chance to tell their own
Today I’m delighted to welcome Tudor buff and Anne Boleyn expert Claire Ridgway. A British freelancer now settled in Spain with her husband and children, Claire started her wonderful website after a vivid dream in which she witnessed Anne’s execution. Since then she has meticulously researched her life, created two websites – The Anne Boleyn
Elisa DeCarlo is a lady of many talents. She’s been a working journalist, an audiobook abridger, magazine staff writer, and comic performer, and has also sold plus-size vintage clothing. Her knowledge of both showbiz and fashion history came in handy when she decided to pen her novel, The Abortionist’s Daughter. The Abortionist’s Daughter is a
For this month’s instalment of the “15 Minutes With” series, I have the pleasure to introduce you to Mike Rendell, a lawyer turned historian who divides his time between England and Spain. Mike blogs about all things Georgian at his blog, Georgian Gentleman, and has already published several books about the era and its protagonists.
Today I’m very excited to bring you this interview with one of my favourite historical novelists, Anne O’Brien. An ex-history teacher with a passion for gardening (she has an herb patch constructed on the pattern of a Tudor knot garden and enjoys cooking with the proceeds) and water-colour painting, Anne was inspired to write by
For the first installement of the “15 Minutes With” series of 2015, I’m very pleased to introduce you to Imogen Robertson. An ex TV director turned historical novelist, Imogen read Russian and German at Cambridge and now lives in London. Her latest work, The Paris Winter, set during the glittery Belle Epoque era, is a
It’s a great pleasure today that I welcome to HAOT Greer Macallister, the author of The Magician’s Lie. Raised in the Midwest but now living on the East Coast with her family, Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist! She has just published her first novel, which tells the story of the
After years of writing historical fiction, Susan Holloway Scott has gone back to penning historical romances under the name Isabella Bradford. Her latest work, A Sinful Deception, tells the story of Miss Serena Palmer, a noble-born heiress raised in India with a dangerous secret that could destroy her. When she doesn’t write books, Isabella, who
Vivien Shotwell is a very talented lady. A classically-trained singer, this year she had published her first novel, Vienna Nocturne. It tells the story of young soprano Anna Storace, a rockstar of her age. She’s invited to sing in Vienna, where she meets the young but extremely talented composer Mozart. Although they are both married,
Madame Guillotine is one of the first history blogs I stumbled upon, and I was instantly hooked. So, I was thrilled when its author Melanie Clegg agreed to be featured in this month’s instalment of the “15 Minutes With” series. Melanie is a history geek and art history graduate who writes novels of “posh doom”,