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Author : Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle graduated from Bryn Mawr College and went on to graduate school intending to be an archaeologist, but somehow got distracted. Eventually she figured out what she was really supposed to be doing and started writing. She’s channeled her inner history geekiness into a successful young adult historical fantasy series, and is now also happily writing contemporary romantic fantasy. She lives in her native Massachusetts with her family, including a pair of bossy but adorable pet rabbits, and loves quilting, gardening, and collecting antiques. Oh, and coffee.

The Butler Did It

This is another in our occasional series on servants young ladies of the upper classes would have encountered in the 19th century. We have already

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A History Geek Geeks Out

You may know that I collect early nineteenth century fashion plates and other ephemera. As items to collect, these are pretty harmless. They aren’t expensive,

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Ackermann Goes Steampunk

I’ve posted some examples of unusual furniture from prints published in Ackermann’s Repository before, but I thought these prints were especially interesting. Yes, they’re early

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Mom, Sort of

If you were a member of the aristocratic or gentry classes in the 19th century, it was almost a given you’d have two (or more)

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Fobbed Off?

Charm bracelets have been in fashion for decades, right up until the present day; girls (and women!) still seem to love them. But in the

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Winter Wonderland

Once upon a time (well, before 1831), two interesting facts were true: London Bridge was located somewhat further downstream on the Thames than it is

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BVC Eats: Popovers

I’m drawing up my grocery shopping list for my family’s Christmas dinner (it’s not much more than a week away—eek!) We always have a roast

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The Great Silence

In a few days we will observe Veterans Day in the U.S….but we’re not the only country to observe a holiday. This year marks the

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Not Quite Trick or Treat

Am I the only one to notice that over the last several years, Halloween has morphed from a children’s holiday to one just as popular

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