FAQ

Q: Why gay historical fiction?

A: Because there’s so little of it, and it wasn’t until I started making A LIST of it that I found just how little there was.

When you think of how many thousands of heterosexual historical books there are, it’s about time that the gay stories throughout history were told.

Q: What do you review?

A: Gay Historical fiction.

Q: Is it fair to criticise the inaccuracies in the books? Surely it should be about the writing, not the history?

A: We review gay historical fiction.  So we take all three aspects into consideration.  The gay history, the history in general AND the writing.  We know that many people will take historical fiction as being fact, and that badly presented facts and crappy research will give a skewed version of history.  So if you put tea in a medieval story, we’ll point that out.  If you have Regency gentlemen kissing in public, we’ll roll our eyes.

Q: What don’t you review?

A: We do not – at this time – review anything with a fantasy theme, such as AU earth, myths such as Robin Hood,  steampunk, or with things that don’t exist such as shapeshifters or vampires even if the setting is historical. The one exception we have to this is stories with a ghost theme, as ghosts can be subjective.

Q: Why?

A: Because this is a very small genre. We want to encourage people to write more gay historical fiction and to get as passionate as we are about it, getting the details right. There are many other review sites where stories involving vampires and shapeshifters can be reviewed.

Q: Will you be critical of OKHOMO?

A: Yes. We personally think that OK HOMO is not a true releflection of the gay struggle. It is possible to still write a story about a gay man without loading a book down with homophobia whilst still remaining true to the era. Making everyone gay, and or making everyone fine about it insults the journey that gay men have had throughout the ages.

Q: What do your ratings mean?

A: 0-1½ stars= poor, 2 to 2½ stars = okay to pretty good, 3-3½ = stars good, 4-4½ stars = VERY good, 5 stars = excellent work, recommended read.

Q: How do I get my book reviewed?

For preference send a mobi file to erastes at kindle dot com, if you have no mobi file, send a PDF. We will happily review paper books of course, so email Erastes on erastes at erastes dot com to request for a snail mail address.

Q: Do you guarantee a review?

A: No. We will do our best, but we have a limited, and varying number of reviewers. I post out the list of what’s available, and allot stories as requested. It may mean there’s a wait, or you may not get reviewed at all. We are sorry about that.

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45 Responses

  1. Ooooh, can I comment on that OKHomo thing as a Gay Man?

    I would rather have an exploration of Gay Male relationships by Straight Women writers in a fantasy like setting using “everyone Gay, and or making everyone fine about it” than having the writer try to describe my personal journey and mess up badly. My problems with such stories tend not to focus on that aspect but many others.

    Now critically speaking these trappings can make for stale and boring stories with no realistic character development or motivation but “insulting to me?”

    Nah, to insult me personally would be to over generalize about my personal journey which may or may not be different than any other Gay Man’s journey in dealing with his particular sexuality.

    I believe there are other personal journeys that have less to do with being Gay but may also include the problems of race or culture that I respect as being even harsher than the problems I have faced just being a Gay Man.

    I expect more from real Gay Male authors and find they frequently do much worse in being insulting. Mostly by insulting my intelligence.

  2. Of course! I welcome all comments!

    I do agree – I’ve read some male writers who write just as okhomo as any straight female, and I’m all for “in a fantasy setting” – I’ve read many a fantasy setting and have written them myself. I don’t want to see the OK Homo in a supposedly “real” Victorian London drama for example.

    I’m reading one at the moment The Journeyer by J P Bowie which does have elements of OKHomo, in as much as all the shipmates are OK with it, and then later all the Chocktaw Indians are too – but the actual relationships are not the emphasis of the book, the adventure is and hurrah for that – more of them too.

  3. I think there’s a big difference between ‘okhomo’ (where the wind comes sweeping down the plain) in a sci-fi setting such as Bujold’s ‘Beta colony’ that has saner attitudes toward sexuality than those on planet Earth, and stories that claim to be historical but are actually fantasies because they portray an unrealistic setting that pretends to be an earlier era of this planet’s history. One might as well write of out gay lovers in a place like Iran, where fundamentalism is still legally murdering people in the name of religion.

    The world lost what Oscar Wilde might have done if his health had not been destroyed in prison. Alan Turing, called the father of modern computing, was hounded to death instead of being knighted for his work in cracking Enigma. And England had its closeted spies who were blackmailed into treason because they were more afraid of being persecuted for their sexuality than prosecuted for espionage. This is historical fact. The willingness to do research has nothing to do with a writer’s personal gender or sexuality. And I think it’s respectful toward the people of an era–and the reader–to try for a reasonable degree of accuracy.

    When some of the ManLove writers did a book signing at the late lamented Lambda Rising in Virginia Beach, the shop manager remarked that much of the best gay romance was written by women. His observation, not mine. I don’t know if other female writers have a gay beta, but I do have a friend who vets my stuff for physical and emotional impossibilities, and the feedback I’ve had from gay men suggests that I haven’t made any egregious errors.

    Some men won’t read anything written by a woman. {shrug} We all have our preferences; I’m not partial to ‘Christian’ inspirationals. But my wife would laugh if I tried to pretend I was a het woman.

    Every one of us has a different journey. I think it’s only respectful–of the people in an era and of the reader’s intelligence–to try to at least approximate a realistic setting for a historical story. Teddy, you are a 21st-century man. Your journey is contemporary, as opposed to historical, and nobody can write it but you. If you do, I’d like to read it.

  4. Hmm, I don’t think that writing a solidly researched historical story that portrays accurate social attitudes about homosexuality with specific fictional gay and straight characters is generalizing about any modern gay man’s personal experience. Likewise, neither is OKHOMO in a nominally historical book, but it’s doing a disservice, I think, to the real people (dead as they are) who definitely didn’t live in an OKHOMO world. OKHOMO in SF or fantasy = great, have at.

    But I also don’t think that any specific gay character should be taken as a generalization of all gay people (unless the author suggests so), since members of a group always have a range of experiences. I certainly haven’t yet found any bisexual female characters with experiences similar to mine, but that doesn’t mean they’re not plausible or that I can’t enjoy reading about them. As long as characters ring true to their settings and fictional experiences and are interesting to read about, I’m happy.

  5. Hello to all,

    I’ve written and published a novel called Heroes, which is a historical novel about the life of Alexander the Great and his nineteen year long love affair with Hephaestion. If anyone is interested check out LULU.Com under serach type in LR Brown and it will pop up. Thank you all in advance for your time and consideration.

  6. Interesting question — and already so well discussed, I can really only add one more idea to the melting-pot. I agree, books should be well rearched before they are well written … and nobody with half a brain in their head doesn’t know what gay men have suffered through the ages (and still today in places like the mid-east … and could be in America too, if the “Dominionists” get into the White House and institute Old Testament Law to replace democracy — terrifying thought isn’t it?)

    However, I’m “just a reader.” I guess … I’m the person who puts down their twenty to buy your book! So at least some of the time the writer needs to think about what I want in trade for my twenty. Sure, I want good research and good writing …

    But I read for entertainment and fun — hardly ever to be educated and/or maybe even to get depressed. My point is, I already know what the past (and other countries) was (and are) like fof gays. I don’t need the lesson taught again and again, so — bottom line — a writer has to “get realistic” and still make the book entertaining and fun!

    That’s a whopping-huge ask. I’ve read some books where I was scratching the head and saying, “I’m positive this wasn’t true,” then also, I’ve read some books where the homophobia was probably 100% total accuracy, but the book ended up so depressing I struggled to finish and only got through because I’d paid maybe thirty or forty for this novel.

    My personal fave is Mel Keegan. In the historicals MK walks the line between the real and the entertaining … and gets it just right (for me). (Truth is I really also get excited about MK’s SF work, which is maybe 400-600 years from now, and hobophobia is gone totally — replaced by things that are just as bad and new fights … meaning, gays can live their own lives without prejudice, and take part in the new fights to set people free). But in the subject of Historicals — I’ve read a lot, and for me, Mel Keegan gets the balance of “real” and “entertainment” just right.

    Hope this was interesting…

  7. I am pleased I found your website. I appreciate the stated purposes and advocate for the same. The reason I came to your site was that I was doing a web-search, looking for resources to purchase books authored by
    Edward Prime Stevenson. It seems ‘Imre’ is the only one readily available,
    other than a couple of the youth styled books. Would you advise me if you are aware of any other resources for obtaining any of the other books by Stevenson? I would sincerely appreicate your time and advice.

    Regards,
    Patrick Ian Cowan

    • You’re right: it is terrifically hard to find the writings of Edward Prime-Stevenson. I was the one who edited “Imre” for Broadview Press, and I included a short story of his called “Once–But Not Twice.” Also included some excerpts in my anthology of American gay writing “Glances Backward.” “Intersexes” is very rare, unfortunately, though from time to time you can locate the Arno reprint (1975) via interlibrary loan but it’s a lousy reprint and hard on the eyes. His “Square of Sevens” which is not gay, can be found in its entirety online. “Pages Passed from Hand to Hand” by Leavitt/Mitchell also has a story by EPS. Tom Sargant edited two shorter collections of his work but they are expensive and found via abebooks.com. His 1913 collection of shorter works, “Her Enemy, Some Friends–and Other Personages” was privately printed and contains several gay stories, some of which are terrific, especially the hilarious “The Yellow Cucumber: A Nightmare.” But finding this volume is tough–it’s only in a handful of libraries. Prime-Stevenson’s works are wonderful, I think, and it is a great pity they are not more available. He is worth seeking out.

      • This response in regard to Edward-Prime Stevenson’s work was timely and rewarding. I was in the process of finding an appropriate contact source, beyond your publishers, to express appreciation for the editing of ‘Imre’ and to ask for guidance in finding his other printings. I found the introduction to ‘Imre’ equal to the eloquence, maturity and sophistication of the book. I wanted to go to Budapest. Now I am able to set about the work of investigating the sources you have provided for the EPS writings. (I also enjoy David Leavitt, esp. “While England Sleeps”.) I am sure he is worth seeking out and it is a pity his writings are not more readily available. At the same time, I am looking forward to reading “Glances Badkward”, on my booklist. So here is my ‘public’ expression of appreciation for your work and a thank you for taking the time to offer guidance in further sources – in such detail. Best regards.

      • Mr Cowan, thank you for the kind words. I am always happy to find anyone interested in Prime-Stevenson! At the moment I am trying to find all the copies of Intersexes that survived the original printing of 125, just to see what it might say about gay networking a hundred years ago. So far: 31 copies. Wish me luck.

        And I wish you luck too in searching out EPS. It’s worth the time.
        Best,
        Jim

      • Jim, Best of luck in your search. If you or either of your publishers are considering introducing anymore of EPS writings, that is clearly not readily available, I would really like to hear. Appreciate benefiting from your hard work! Patrick

  8. Hi Patrick,

    Thank you for liking the site, I try and keep up to date with the releases and am always looking for older books I may have missed.

    I’ve also been searching for more of Stevenson’s books, but although Amazon has them listed, they simply aren’t available. Let me know if you find them!

    Many thanks

    Erastes

  9. Hello Erastes,

    So kind of you to respond.

    I find your list of books is very thorough. Good job!

    Will definitely let you know if I find a resource for Stevenson books, although I suspect if you have not I will have a time of it.

    Regards

  10. Hi, there. I’m enjoying your reviews – thank you so much for doing them for this genre in particular!

    I have a LiveJournal account and I’d like to follow your reviews from there. However, the RSS/syndicated feed for the site, http://syndicated.livejournal.com/speakitsname/profile, does not seem to carry any recent posts even though it apparently references the correct URL. I was wondering if you still offer your content through an RSS feed (or if that practice had been discontinued), and if so, how I might go about subscribing in order to stay current with your posts. Thank you in advance for any help!

  11. Hmmm – I wondered why it wasn’t showing up – apparently one of the posts is “too big” for the feed and that’s blocking the others… I’ll see what I can do.

    ETA: I’ve submitted a support request to Livejournal – I’ll come back to you when I get an answer.

    I’m so glad you like the site – thank you!

  12. Thank you for looking into it!

  13. Hi Carlotta, I’ve fiddled with the feed’s settings and it seems to be working – it’s now showing recent feeds on the syndication info page – I hope that it will now show on people’s livejournals.

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention, it was something I needed to address for over a year, and just… hadn’t done so. Hopefully now this will encourage more people to add it to their feeds.

  14. Excellent! I’ve friended the feed, and I’m looking forward to reading your future reviews. (I’ll rec the feed in my journal next time I post, too.) Thanks so much for jumping on this so quickly.

  15. OK, this is probably a dumb question that has been answered somewhere and I’m just missing it. Still, is this site only for historical romances featuring gay MEN?

  16. It’s not only for “romances” Hanna:

    We have reviewed a few lesbian books, but only a couple-the reason for this is that it’s basically only me doing the reviews. I have a couple of helpers, but they are generally all writers too, and time is limited. I don’t have anyone who has volunteered to review lesbian fiction, and of course, there’s a problem of getting the books in the first place, I have to buy most of the books myself.

    Also if I were to expand the site to include lesbian fiction I would need help on the tekkie side too, as the blog would have to upgraded to a full-size website I think, again, I simply don’t have that much time.

    So, yes, it’s primarily for gay male historical fiction (not just romances) but if you know anyone who can help address the balance, I’d be hugely grateful.

  17. Hi Erastes,

    I’m really excited that I found this website. Thankyou for doing this! What a great resource.

    • Thank you, Jennifer, it’s a bit of a labour of love, and I don’t get as much done with it as I’d like to , but I’m very glad its appreciated.

  18. Do you have any recommendations for a heterosexual adult male struggling with desires for a relationship with another man? I do not have one male friend. I have a number of male acquaintances, but not a friend. I think I have always unconsciously feared that a close relationship with another male would become sexual, Can you recommend any titles of historical fiction that might explore that situation?

    • What an interesting question – I’m not sure I’ve understood fully. Do you fear you may not be as heterosexual as you think? Otherwise why would you fear that a friendship would become sexual?
      The Hornblower books feature very powerful male relationships which do not become sexual, at least they don’t become physical: there is great unspoken love between Hornblower and Bush.
      I could get all philosophical: what is sexual love? Is it defined by sexual acts, or by depth of feeling, or by physical attraction? The Bible describes the love between David and Jonathan in the strongest of terms, but Jonathan was old enough to be David’s father and there is no hint in the text that there was anything ‘sexual’ about their relationship. Nevertheless their souls were bound up with each other and they loved as much as they loved their own body – greater than the love for a woman.
      I’m not sure how to pass you my e-mail address but if you’d like to talk off-board I’d be very happy to, and would be happy to find a way to contact you.

      • You may not have understood fully because I don’t think I even understand my dilemma well. I don’t find all men attractive. For the most part I am attracted by well built men in their 30’s – 40’s – sometimes in their mid to late 20’s but rarely. When I think about this, I wonder if it’s related to a desire to reclaim my youth and youthful physique and sexual prowess. But there is more to it. I want to be loved and to love in a way that is different from how I love my wife or she loves me. I still enjoy sex with my wife. I also enjoy time and conversation with my wife. But men think and act differently from women and I don’t get that interaction at all. Why did so many historical men of greatness have male friends and advisors who were also lovers? I would very much desire to have a male friend with whom I could discuss music, literature, and even sports occasionally and yet who would not be offended if I told him I found him physically attractive. I have visited a site that celebrates homoerotic men and the use of frottage. There is something very alluring about that. On the other hand, I get trapped in the dilemma of who God is and how He judges our actions. I am a mess.

    • You might enjoy Don Hardy’s “Lovers’ Knot” or Alex Beecroft’s “Captain’s Surrender,” in which one of the characters is a devout Christian who falls in love with a shipmate.

      I’m guessing you know about the Speak Its Name yahoo group– http://groups.yahoo.com/adultconf?dest=%2Fgroup%2FSpeakItsName%2F Thursdays are excerpt days, and while you wouldn’t get the whole story from a promotional sample, you might get an idea of whose styles appeal.

      You might be a bisexual man, rather than hetero… I was in my late 30’s before I faced the reality that while men were all right, I was more attracted to women. Lots of ‘late bloomers’ out here. You’re not alone.

    • I’m not quite sure if I’ve understood either. Since this is a list focussed on gay romance in history, most of the books tend to take it for granted that if a close relationship between two men became sexual, that would be a good thing. But being attracted to men doesn’t mean that you can’t have male friends too. Sex doesn’t have to come into it, and you’d probably find there are plenty of men who, once you got to know them, were ideal friend material, but you wouldn’t want to have anything to do with romantically.

      Being attracted to men in general doesn’t mean that you’re automatically going to be attracted to every man you meet, even when you know them well and like them.

  19. I was married with kids at the time I came to terms with my orientation. The thing that helped me was discovering that gay men were just men, not the weird crazy stereotype everybody made rude jokes about when I was growing up. So for me, images and stories about ‘real men’ who were attracted to men were helpful.

    That’s also the kind of story I tend to write; you can read one of my novels free online: NarrowSeas.blogspot.com — Lt. Peter Thorton is 29 and never had an intimate relationship with a male, so he struggles with that. Pirates of the Narrow Seas is set in the 18th century. I would suggest that you look for stories featuring gay protagonists in whatever genre/period you happen to like.

    • Kei, Pirates of the Narrow Sea was a fast read even though it kept me looking up nautical terms and Sallee slang. 8-) In all, I found the statements in Chapter 39 provocative. “Tangle rubbed his hands on the skirts of his coat. “You’re male. It was not easy for me to marry. I had to learn it. My natural inclination is for my own sex. Yours is too, so I think you know what I mean when I say that I desire your masculinity.” The concept of desiring another man’s masculinity is interesting and one that I will give some reflective time. Even if that is a critical piece of my struggle, I don’t know how I can yield to that desire. I cannot have the abandon that Thornton had. I am very committed to the conventions of marriage and family. I am also governed by the tenets of Biblical Christianity as I try to sort all this out. ~Nnelgluap

      • I’m glad you enjoyed it.

        Tangle’s marriage is complicated because he is happily married to a woman (they have six kids!), and he loves being a father. He’s also devoted to his religion (Islam) and thinks the traditional family life of his culture is spiffy.

        He still lusts after men though. He was born that way.

        I thought about his relationship to God quite a lot, although I didn’t spell it out in the novel. He’s a supporting character — with a strong personality like his it would be easy for him to upstage people.

        But his view of God is trust. He believes that God made a mate for every creature — including him. He believes that God wants him to be happy. He also believes that God will forgive him for his errors, so even if he is wrong, it will be okay. In short, he believes God loves him the same way he loves his kids: with patience, joy, and forgiveness.

        ~K~

  20. Nnelgluap, it sounds like you may be in a bit of a crisis, but don’t panic, there is help available.

    If I’ve understood correctly, you love your wife and are happy in the relationship, but you have a need for love different from what your marriage supplies. You are attracted to some types of men and are not sure if that indicates you’re gay or if it’s just a yearning for lost youth and body image. In addition you need male companionship and the different style of socializing and conversation that characterizes men. The thought of some sexual interaction with another man interests you (from the frottage site you found) and, perhaps, this frightens you.

    Feel free to contact me by e-mail, I’ll be happy to share my experience which might help. My e-mail address is bruin@fastmail.fm. Alternatively if you don’t have private e-mail then this blog is fine.

    In the meantime, some points that might help: gay men are not attracted to every other man, any more than straight men are attracted to all women. If you find a physical, sexual attraction to some types of male beauty, you are probably gay or bisexual. This is nothing to feel bad about, although you should take care how you choose to express this side of yourself. Stay safe! At some point you will need to decide whether to ‘come clean’ to your wife. This is not an easy decision and you should not allow anyone to pressurise you. There are websites to help gay men and their wives in this situation:

    http://www.gaymarriedmen.co.uk
    http://www.marriedgay.org
    http://www.gay-married.com
    The first of these is intended for men in and around the Manchester area, UK, but their website contains good advice for the rest of us.
    I hope to hear from you. Don’t face this on your own!

  21. Hi again, Nnelgluap,

    Do you know of this organization
    http://whosoever.org/index.shtml
    They’re brilliant! It’s a magazine and an egroup for gay Christians. The egroup is full of gay Christians who are at various stages of working out where they are with themselves and their faith and helping each other in the process. I definitely recommend it.

  22. You’re right: it is terrifically hard to find the writings of Edward Prime-Stevenson. I was the one who edited “Imre” for Broadview Press, and I included a short story of his called “Once–But Not Twice.” Also included some excerpts in my anthology of American gay writing “Glances Backward.” “Intersexes” is very rare, unfortunately, though from time to time you can locate the Arno reprint (1975) via interlibrary loan but it’s a lousy reprint and hard on the eyes. His “Square of Sevens” which is not gay, can be found in its entirety online. “Pages Passed from Hand to Hand” by Leavitt/Mitchell also has a story by EPS. Tom Sargant edited two shorter collections of his work but they are expensive and found via abebooks.com. His 1913 collection of shorter works, “Her Enemy, Some Friends–and Other Personages” was privately printed and contains several gay stories, some of which are terrific, especially the hilarious “The Yellow Cucumber: A Nightmare.” But finding this volume is tough–it’s only in a handful of libraries. Prime-Stevenson’s works are wonderful, I think, and it is a great pity they are not more available. He is worth seeking out.
    +1

  23. do you have lists of books available on Kindle/Nook/iPad ??

    • No – not specifically – I try and keep up with the ebooks – if you check the List – you’ll see there’s a separate list for ebooks.

  24. I just discovered this site tonight and I have spent hours devouring it to the point my eyes are exhausted and blurry

    I even learned of a new genre: OKHOMO.

    This is just some fan mail for you. Your site is one of my new favorites.

    • Hi Rod, Thank you! I’m glad you like the site. I’m not very productive at the moment due to eye problems and having a lack of reviewers, but I hope to get back up to speed soon!

  25. I just discovered your site recently and have since been eagerly going through your reviews. Great work! It is honestly surprising that so much gay historical fiction exists, since I never seem to find any in bookstores (apart from some short story collections, which seem to be little more than glorified porn).

    The reason I am writing to you (apart from praising yout excellent site), is that I saw the film The Eagle a few days ago. I don’t know if the movie was what I would call a classic exactly, but it was still one of the most emotionally resonant films I’ve seen in the last few years. I’m still thinking about it. I felt very powerfully the Images of the two men travelling together in the beautifully bleak Northern wilderness and the story of how they slowly come to trust (and love?) each other, overcoming barriers of history, class and race. While it is not a “gay” film as such, it was extremely easy to read such undertones into the story. I think anyone reading this site will agree with me.

    What I would like to ask is if you know any gay historical fiction with a similar stories and themes? (I know the film is based on a novel, but I’ve heard that it’s less “slashable” since it features a female love interest for one of the characters). Maybe it doesn’t necessarily have to
    be set in the same historical period, since many of the novels set in Rome seem to be focused solely on the seedier aspects of that period..

    I would also like to ask if you have happened to read Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint and Fall of the Kings. If so, what is your opinion on them? She is one of my favourite authors. While her novels are not historical literature as such, I feel that they have in common many of the good traits of the genre.

    • Thank you, I’m glad you like the site!

      I haven’t seen that film, but I’ll definitely check it out–it sounds good. Hmm –

      I’m not sure about similar themes, there SHOULD be, of course, but much of the gay romance around concentrates on the romance alone–there aren’t that many “stories that have gay characters”

      Try alex beecroft’s nautical books, as they have problems of trust and duty, and she manages those themes very well.

      Lee Rowan’s Gentleman’s Gentleman is a good one–it has two men who have to overcome class and all sorts of problems… (found in the anthology “Speak Its Name” coincidentally!)

      Yes, I’ve read all of Kushner and love Swordspoint (and related short stories) particularly. Richard and alec break my heart into little pieces.

      Keep reading – and thank you!

      • Ah…thank you for replying so quickly!

        Thanks for the recommendations. They definitely sound like something I would be interested in. They should be some nice reading for this coming summer…

        I guessed you would find Kushner’s work interesting. It’s too bad she hasn’t written more (though, actually I haven’t read Privilege of the Sword yet.) I actually found the romance in Fall of the Kings more touching, though Swordspoint is definitely the better novel.

        Keep up the good work on your site! I look forward to reading more of your reviews. (I feel like adding smileys, but they would somehow feel out of place on your cultivated site…)

  26. I am on my first draft of a novel about two men who fall in love in 16thC England. I just discovered this site and I love it. Can anyone recomend a book/site though, where I can research more about this subject as obviously I need absolute accuracy. Thank you.

    • Ok – hmm.

      I would highly recommend you join the Historical Novel Society, (if you haven’t already) it’s amazing value at £25. you get two glossy magazines several times a year, discounts for their conferences (every other year) and you can join their fabulous yahoo group which has experts from every field.
      also, join “speak its name” yahoo group which has over 100 member who you can ask anything–and someone will try and get you an answer
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/speakitsname/

      There’s bound to be someone there who can point you to some sources for that century – KW Warwick has just published “prove a villain” which is set in Tudor times.

      There’s also “Little Details” which is a n informative site but they can be a bit funny if they think you haven’t already tried to find the answer

      little-details.livejournal.com/

      that should start you off, good luck and it’s great to hear a new author is on the way. Don’t hesitate to join the SIN yahoo group and introduce yourself.
      7
      4

      • Thank you Erastes for the info’. I certainly will join the HNS and try the other websites.And I shall join the SIN yahoo group.
        Thanks again
        G.

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