Historical Research Companion to Everything of Interest to a Romance Writer
This research companion for historical romance writers is divided into the categories of Dark Ages, Medieval Times, Renaissance & Reformation, Revolutionary Times & Regency and Victorian/American Old West. Sub-categories include Fashion, Food & Drink, Society & Entertainment, Crime & Punishment, Religion, Health & Medicine, Travel & Transportation, Political Climate, and Homes & Architecture. More
I call this e-guide a companion. A companion to what you might say? Well, in a literal sense, it’s a companion to the historical content on the blog/website Everything of Interest to a Romance Writer. It doesn’t replace the website, but I hope you will find it useful to have the information in one place, in a condensed form, as a historical quick reference.
A large portion of content not found on the website includes detailed Chronologies for each main category of Dark Ages, Medieval Times, Renaissance & Reformation, Revolutionary Times & Regency and Victorian/American Old West. These chronologies take up many pages but, with the perk of a Table of Contents, you can skip around within the document to where you like.
Some links are included within the text, especially if I’ve quoted from a site, but I’ve tried to avoid this due to the “here today, gone tomorrow” nature of the internet. I’ve also heard this referred to as “link rot,” which is beyond my control, as much as I hate to admit it. It tends to sneak up on you. But in this Companion, whenever you see FIND OUT MORE HERE it will be a link that will bring you to the Everything of Interest to a Romance Writer website and there you will find (to the best of my ability) updated content, links and print resources.
This companion is further organized into the sub-categories: Fashion, Food & Drink, Society & Entertainment, Crime & Punishment, Religion, Health & Medicine, Travel & Transportation, Political Climate, and Homes & Architecture. You get the picture. That is, with the help of this companion, I hope you will! Some time periods have more categories than others. Wouldn’t you know it; the Regency, my favorite time period, gets the lion’s share of attention, while the Dark Ages, well…not as much! Future editions of this Companion are likely, but probably not for some time.
This companion is about getting a head start on your research and getting on with the business of writing. Like a lot of writers, I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with organization and research. It’s never a perfect system and long ago I figured out two things. 1) The vast majority of the historical tidbits I’ve found and filed away I will never use in my writing. And, 2) I won’t know exactly what I’m looking for until I need it.
But it doesn’t hurt to have a head start.
So, in a more casual sense, this is a companion to you, the writer. Use the Table of Contents to narrow your search and then go to the website for more details. And, by all means, if you have favorite research links under a topic, post a comment or send me an email and I will be happy to add it to the web site -- where you can find it again too.