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Susanne Alleyn has loved history all her life, aided and abetted by her grandmother, Lillie V. Albrecht, an author of historical children’s books in the 1950s and 60s. Susanne is the author of the Aristide Ravel historical mystery series, set in revolutionary Paris; The Executioner’s Heir, a novel about the real-life executioner of Paris who executed Louis XVI; and A Far Better Rest, the reimagining of Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities. Nonfiction: The Annotated A Tale of Two Cities and the Amazon.com bestseller Medieval Underpants And Other Blunders: A Writer’s (And Editor’s) Guide To Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths. Happy to describe herself as an “insufferable knowitall” about historical trivia (although she lost on Jeopardy!), Susanne has been writing about and researching eighteenth-century and revolutionary France for nearly three decades. She is currently working on the sequel to The Executioner’s Heir and more Ravel novels; her most recent book is the travel guide The Weirder Side of Paris.
Welcome to the weirder (and darker) side of the City of Light. You’ve probably visited—or plan to visit—the Paris Catacombs. But for history buffs, travelers trying to escape the overcrowded “must-sees,” and fans of the bizarre, macabre, or morbid, there’s a lot more than the Catacombs to explore in the offbeat, often creepy side of… [Read More]
You’re reading A Tale of Two Cities for the first time—or perhaps for the fourth or fifth time. But what are gaols, bumpers, farmer-generals, tocsins, and the Court of King’s Bench? Where are Shooter’s Hill, Temple Bar, and La Force, and who on earth was Mrs. Southcott? And did all those starving French people have… [Read More]
This is not a book on how to write historical fiction. It is a book on how not to write historical fiction. If you love history and you’re hard at work writing your first historical novel, but you’re wondering if your medieval Irishmen would live on potatoes, if your 17th-century pirate would use a revolver, or if your hero… [Read More]
Charles-Henri Sanson has good looks, a fine education, and plenty of money: everything that a stylish young Parisian could ask for. He also has an infamous family name—and he’s trapped in a hideous job that no one wants. The last thing Charles ever wanted to be was a hangman. But he’s the eldest son of… [Read More]
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