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Visiting Montségur

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This post is now available at https://historywithcathie.blogspot.com. I hope you’ll follow me over there, too.
I have decided to separate my exploration of historic sites, to share my experiences and encourage historical discussions, from my writing blog. 
But don’t worry – you’ll continue to find posts about my books, research and visits from guest authors here.


Research in historical fiction with Jen Black

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I'm delighted to welcome author Jen Black to my blog. Jen writes historical fiction, and today, she tells us a bit more about something vital to writing historicals: research!

Over to Jen...

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Research and Historicals

The thing about writing historicals is that there is always research to be done. Not only on what happened when, to whom and why, but also on locations. Visiting the places that feature in stories is often illuminating. Victorian, Georgian, and even Tudor buildings are not too hard in the UK, but when I made a 4-day trip to Dublin, I discovered that the street I had chosen to house my heroine’s home was still there. I walked up and down Fishamble Street with my eyes as wide as they would go. Why was I so delighted? Because I had set my story in the eleventh century – almost a thousand years ago.
The street looked nothing like the scene I had envisaged, but that didn’t spoil things for me. There might be ordinary brick buildings there now, but the shape of the street was…