Keira Jan

Keira blogs about French Renaissance women. She is writing a non-fiction popular history about 'The Renaissance Valois Queens and Princesses' at present. She writes historical fiction about the same period. Her recently published novel, "The Importance of Pawns," is available on Amazon. In it, danger lurks beneath the glitter of the 16th-Century French court for Claude and young Renée, heiresses to the rich duchy of Brittany. Get it now! Follow her on www.keiramorgan.com or www.kjmorgan-writer.com, Facebook or Twitter!

Could The King’s Touch Really Heal Scrofula?

From the 12th to the 19th centuries, the people of France and England really believed their king’s touch could heal them of scrofula. Why did they believe it? Were they ignorant superstitious simpletons who knew no better? I do not think so. Before you toss up your hands and write me off as a crank, […]

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Darcy's Education of Miss Elizabeth Benett by AJ Bishop

Darcy’s Education of Miss Elizabeth Bennet— A Review

A Sequel with a Difference A. J. Bishop’s Darcy’s Education of Miss Elizabeth Bennet is a tour de force in its genre. The author gives us an entertaining, thought-provoking, and beautifully written novel in this popular Regency with-a-twist genre. Her ability to capture the characters we love and develop them in unforeseen, yet believable, directions

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Who Was Marguerite de Rohan?

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes Table of contents When did Marguerite de Rohan live? Who were Marguerite’s brothers and sisters? Who was her husband, Count Jean d’Angoulême? Who were Marguerite and Jean’s children? Where Marguerite and Jean have their lands? Some sources for information about Marguerite de Rohan Marguerite de Rohan, Countess d’Angoulême was the

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Fascinating 8th-Century Heroines

Ready for some fascinating 8th-Century heroines? In Saxon Heroines: Women of Determination and Courage you will meet several active during the years from 624 to 706. The first character and narrator is Hildeburg, a princess of nine, unhappy that a new queen is about to replace the recently deceased aunt she loved. Women’s issues—girls as

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The Poison Keeper—Original Fast-Paced & Vivid

The Poison Keeper—original fast-paced & vivid. Set in the dangerous period of early 17th-century Renaissance Naples Deborah Swift’s novel begins a new series. Unique Characters Tell Original Stories The novel tells the story of the actual historical woman Giulia Toscana. Her life takes many terrible twists from almost the first page. She longs to learn

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Importance of Male Heirs for Brittany

As I was researching my new novel I reflected on the importance of male heirs for Brittany and France. I had been reading an article that electrified me in the book Noblesse de Bretagne du Moyen Age à Nos Jours. Failures in the male line One article in particular challenges several standard interpretations of Breton

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The Women in The Importance of Pawns

Who are the real women behind the a bit about the novel and the truth about its four principal characters. Table of contents Importance of Pawns Plot Claude de France: Princess, Queen, Duchess of Brittany Renée de France, Duchess of Ferrara Michelle de Saubonne, Baronne de Soubise Countess Louise d’Angoulême, the Girls’ Guardian Importance of

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10 Historical Fiction Favourites from 2020

10 Great historical fiction reads 2020 was another year for some great historical fiction reads. I search for anything French Renaissance or thereabouts, but I don’t limit myself to that period, so you will find other periods in this very personal list. Since our delightful book club members have such diverse tastes, we each read

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