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And the Winner Is...

21 April 2017

Congratulations, Mercwrites! You have won a paperback copy of Mary Sharratt's THE DARK LADY'S MASK. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks to all who entered!

Review and Giveaway: THE DARK LADY'S MASK by Mary Sharratt

7 April 2017

Once again, Mary Sharratt captivates readers with a compelling tale of an extraordinary woman carving a place for herself in a man's world. THE DARK LADY'S MASK (available in paperback...

Royal Frolics: Choosing the "Queen of the Bean" at Epiphany

6 January 2017

The Feast of the Epiphany occasioned much merriment--and expense--at the French court during the Renaissance. The tradition of sharing a galette des rois--a cake containing a concealed...

The First Thanksgiving Feast: Salt Pork, Garbanzo Beans, and Tortoise?

22 November 2016

[This post originally appeared on November 27, 2013.]Tradition--and most history books--teach that the first Thanksgiving feast was held in Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, in November...