Digging into History: A Writer’s Guide to the Perfect Hero

Humans LOVE a hero! Times change, but people don’t. Contrary to what some believe, we’re all born with a human nature that binds us together, forcing us to grow and learn. But along the way, academic progress notwithstanding, mankind has always enjoyed a vicarious thrill. Humans love to cheer champions who pull off glorious feats …

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Why Matilda of Flanders Was William The Conqueror’s Perfect Match

Looking for a real woman from the pages of history? Someone to drain the sap out of revisionist fantasies of fainting maidens? Seek no more!

Matilda of Flanders is your gal. Bold in word and deed, this woman made up her own mind–and changed it when she pleased. Crossing parents, popes, and even William the Conqueror.

Read on to get the scoop from the insightful and always entertaining Samantha James, host of The Historical Diaries.

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THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

Matilda of Flanders was a crowned Queen Consort of England. She was the wife of William the Conqueror and was his match in every way imaginable.

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Dishing with Di: Bygone Days

So much is missing! History wasn’t my favorite subject in school.  All those dry dates of battles and events.  Bleh!  These days I’m not sure true history is even taught.  During my teens my favorite books to read were those romances set in the south, ala: GONE WITH THE WIND.  Personally, I thought Scarlett a …

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Letter From Catherine Of Aragon To King Ferdinand II About Prince Arthur (1502 CE)

Looking for heroic inspiration to pen your next novel? An example of unparalleled feminine strength and dignity?

Check out Samantha James Historical Diaries blog on Catherine of Aragon, fist wife of England’s infamous Henry VIII.

The life of the “rich” and “famous” comes with a great many burdens. And whether or not you write historical or contemporary, Samantha James poignant dives into times past is sure to infuse realism into your next novel. For times change, but people don’t.

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THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

When Catherine Of Aragon wrote a heartfelt plea to her father, she held the title of Princess of Wales through her marriage to Prince Arthur of England. The couple had not been married long before the prince’s untimely death in 1502 at Ludlow Castle.

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Dishing with Di: Could this be Spring?

December 21st marked the "official" opening of winter, yet spring has been teasing us in Maine.  Rain and wind has cleared the snow and ice off the roofs, melting much of the white stuff off the ground.  This is winter? The officials must be wrong. Considering we got snow two days before Halloween, what’s a …

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Tomb Raider—Egyptian style

Think Laura Croft has tagged all the tombs? Think again, and don’t kid yourself. My history freak is absolutely blog worthy. Even for an inspy suspense/romance writer. Hidden bones, exotic lands, and ancient civilizations are the stuff of stories—contemporary and historical. Welcome to the tomb of Wahtye! And this is a doozie. An archeological expedition, …

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