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London Bridge: The Ups and Downs (Part 1)

This is the first in a planned series of ZOUNDS! posts about the history of London Bridge. August 1 marked the 180th anniversary of the opening of the “New” London Bridge, which crossed the River Thames to connect the City of London to the district of Southwark in central London. But that particular bridge was […]

Halley’s Comet – Part 3 (12th-15th Centuries)

This is the third in a series of posts about the storied history of Halley’s Comet (officially designated 1P/Halley). If you missed the earlier posts, you can still read Part One here and Part Two here. The first appearance of 1P/Halley subsequent to its momentous AD 1066 apparition occurred in 1145. Like its predecessor, this […]

Midsummer Missive

With summer in full swelter, here are a few updates about recent items of note and upcoming fun… First, as reported in my last general blog post, the Historical Novel Society Conference in June was amazing; it continues to inspire me. I’ve updated the Gallery page of my website with a small sampling of my […]

Haleakalā Volcano, Maui

Looking into crater of Haleakalā volcano, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Christopher M. Cevasco.

Casey Anthony, Joan of Arc, and the Legal System

Tired of hearing about the recent Casey Anthony verdict in Florida? Let’s rewind the clock to another young lady’s acquittal that took place 555 years ago today. On July 7, 1456, Joan of Arc–the peasant girl who led the French army to a number of major victories against the English in the Hundred Years’ War–was […]

Norse Greenland: When Adaptation Breeds Extinction

In 1408, a letter from the Norse colonies in Greenland brought word to Iceland of a wedding. There was no hint whatsoever in the letter of any actual or perceived threat to the men and women living there. After that, no further European contact with the colonists occurred until 1721, when a Norwegian missionary went […]

The Blessings of the Tawdry Saint Be Upon You

St. Æthelthryth (Etheldreda), whose feast day is celebrated on June 23 (the anniversary of her death in AD 679), was one of four daughters of King Anna of East Anglia–one of the independent kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy that eventually united into a single England later in the Anglo-Saxon period. Some time around 652, at […]

Historical Novel Society Conference Recap

As the weekend comes to a close, this year’s Historical Novel Society conference has now itself become a part of history. But like those bygone eras we love to read about in novels, the weekend was full of moments I’ll revisit in the months to come as a source of ongoing inspiration. And that’s perhaps […]

Ubud Temple, Bali

Detail of temple in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Christopher M. Cevasco.

“Way Down Upon the Pee Dee River…”

Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it? But actually, the Pee Dee River of North and South Carolina was the river that composer Stephen Foster, the “father of American music,” originally considered using in his 1851 lyrics to “Old Folks At Home.” He apparently also considered using the Yazoo River of Mississippi. […]