eighteenth-century

People in the past just smelled…..

People in the past just smelled, it’s true. But they smelled worse during certain centuries. So, let’s talk about bathing. I’ll be going backwards through time, breaking this discussion up over three posts: eighteenth century (here), sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in another post,  and then the Middle Ages. And maybe I’ll talk about the Romans in yet another post—they did some weird stuff with olive oil.   So, today: mid-eighteenth century through the Regency: the era, par excellence, of The Romance. Because of historical periodization, the eighteenth-century sort of gets a bad rap. I had a professor tell me once...

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Let There Be Light…..

Light is a subject near and dear to my heart, and important to take into consideration when writing fiction set in the past. The fact is that people in the past simply saw the world differently than we do because of light. Even daylight was different, without all the pollutants in the air, and the night sky shone so brilliantly with stars that we must go to very remote places on our planet to catch even a glimpse of what they saw. And see things, they did: comets and shooting stars. Medieval writings abound with mentions of the things they...

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