Always Wanted to be a Reiter

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velvethatlady: oh yes, the Chatham-Strachan poem: “Great Chatham, with his sword outdrawn, / Stood waiting for Sir Richard Strachan; / Sir Richard, longing to be at ‘em, / Was waiting for the Earl of Chatham.”

Haha.

*straight face*

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From Day to Day

I’ve made an unexpected and tragic discovery about my main characters, John Lord Chatham and is wife Mary. You can read about it in my blog post, “From Day to Day”. Warning: deals with sensitive subjects.

http://alwayswantedtobeareiter.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/from-day-to-day/

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More blog hopping: My Writing Process blog tour

madamegilflurt has again invited me to take part in a blog hop, in which I answer four questions about my writing process and work in progress. My answers can be found here:

I’ve been invited to participate in another blog hop to answer four questions about my novel and writing process. Check it out here: http://alwayswantedtobeareiter.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/blog-tour-my-writing-process/

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his-name-was-writ-in-water:

Today is this blog’s first birthday. 12 months ago I thought I’d have 20 followers and a pulsating inferiority complex, but 640 followers and over 7,000 posts later, I still have a pulsating inferiority complex but at least there are over 500 of you there to console me. I have compiled a list of my favourite blogs, all of whom I’m glad to call my friends.
A-C

alwayswantedtobeareiter
aragonitedragon
bad-doge
ballin-mochrie
bantarleton
blaroth
bloodyapril1917
bulletproofjewels
cuirassier

D-F

definitely-not-an-authoritarian
dolly-nymph
dreamingofcossackia
duchessofwellington
empress-of-awesomeness
english1muffin1
eyelidprojections
fimbulvetr-now

G-L

guide-cats
gwinny3k
jeannlannes
jean-de-dieu-soult
joachimmurat
ladycashasatiger
lediableaquatre
lemonylock
lifeandtimesofahistorymajor
louisnicolasdavout
lt-rik

M-S

meowbitch1
pope-on-a-rope
prepare-for-unforeseen-reblogs
prettysweetlemons
ravingcelt009
salparadisewasright
somehistoriancalledmike

T-Z

taocder 
takingaspadetoasouffle
the-blood-of-history
the-dandy-king
theironduchess
thelastkaiser
tray-the-tealord
trench-of-glory
vfreie
vnnumbredsparkes
winters-discontent
yourfutureleader
yoyo-inspace
zeldareine


I got mentioned! On a favourite blog list! *faints*

his-name-was-writ-in-water:

Today is this blog’s first birthday. 12 months ago I thought I’d have 20 followers and a pulsating inferiority complex, but 640 followers and over 7,000 posts later, I still have a pulsating inferiority complex but at least there are over 500 of you there to console me. I have compiled a list of my favourite blogs, all of whom I’m glad to call my friends.

A-C

alwayswantedtobeareiter

aragonitedragon

bad-doge

ballin-mochrie

bantarleton

blaroth

bloodyapril1917

bulletproofjewels

cuirassier

D-F

definitely-not-an-authoritarian

dolly-nymph

dreamingofcossackia

duchessofwellington

empress-of-awesomeness

english1muffin1

eyelidprojections

fimbulvetr-now

G-L

guide-cats

gwinny3k

jeannlannes

jean-de-dieu-soult

joachimmurat

ladycashasatiger

lediableaquatre

lemonylock

lifeandtimesofahistorymajor

louisnicolasdavout

lt-rik

M-S

meowbitch1

pope-on-a-rope

prepare-for-unforeseen-reblogs

prettysweetlemons

ravingcelt009

salparadisewasright

somehistoriancalledmike

T-Z

taocder 

takingaspadetoasouffle

the-blood-of-history

the-dandy-king

theironduchess

thelastkaiser

tray-the-tealord

trench-of-glory

vfreie

vnnumbredsparkes

winters-discontent

yourfutureleader

yoyo-inspace

zeldareine

I got mentioned! On a favourite blog list!
*faints*

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Blog hop: Meet my Main Character

I’m honoured to have been invited by madamegilflurt to take part in a blog hop to introduce the main character of my work in progress. You can therefore read more about John and the way he fits into my novel at my other blog:

http://alwayswantedtobeareiter.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/blog-hop-meet-my-main-character/

Hope you find it interesting. Do let me know what you think!

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Guest blog for Madame Gilflurt: Collapse of the Earl of Chatham in the House of Lords, 7 April 1778

Busy doesn’t cover it, but I have been guest blogging again for madamegilflurt. Check out my piece on Pitt the Elder’s collapse in the House of Lords on 7 April 1778 at:

http://www.madamegilflurt.com/2014/04/a-salon-guest-collapse-of-earl-of.html?spref=tw&m=1

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nalced1993:

Major General James Peter Wolfe (2 January 1727 – 13 September 1759) was a British Army officer, known for his training reforms but remembered chiefly for his victory over the French at the Battle of Quebec in Canada in 1759. The son of a distinguished general, Lieutenant-General Edward Wolfe, he had received his first commission at a young age and saw extensive service in Europe where he fought during the War of the Austrian Succession. His service in Flanders and in Scotland, where he took part in the suppression of the Jacobite Rebellion, brought him to the attention of his superiors. The advancement of his career was halted by the Peace Treaty of 1748 and he spent much of the next eight years on garrison duty in the Scottish Highlands. Already a brigade major at the age of eighteen, he was a lieutenant-colonel by the age of twenty-three.

The outbreak of the Seven Years’ War in 1756 offered Wolfe fresh opportunities for advancement. His part in the aborted raid on Rochefort in 1757 led William Pitt to appoint him second-in-command of an expedition to capture the Fortress of Louisbourg. Following the success of the Siege of Louisbourg he was made commander of a force which sailed up the Saint Lawrence River to capture Quebec City. After a lengthy siege Wolfe defeated a French force under Louis-Joseph de Montcalm allowing British forces to capture the city. Wolfe was killed at the height of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham due to injuries from three musket balls.

Wolfe’s part in the taking of Quebec in 1759 earned him posthumous fame and he became an icon of Britain’s victory in the Seven Years War and subsequent territorial expansion. He was depicted in the painting The Death of General Wolfe, which became famous around the world. Wolfe was posthumously dubbed “The Hero of Quebec”, “The Conqueror of Quebec”, and also “The Conqueror of Canada”, since the capture of Quebec led directly to the capture of Montreal, ending French control of the country.

Somewhat off topic, but reblogging because I used to be really into researching the Siege of Quebec. Wolfe is one of those prickly types— such a fascinating personality. A mercurial genius, and one who was not afraid to take near-suicidal risks. How much of that was due to his awareness that his time was running short— he was possibly suffering from TB by the time of the Quebec campaign— is impossible to say. Either way, he would certainly have preferred to death on the battlefield to death in his bed, and he got his battlefield death all right.

(Source: the-blood-of-history)

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