Quite a different take on the Aubrey/Maturin novels of Patrick O’Brian here

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/re-reading-patrick-obrians-aubrey-maturin-series

a weekly read-along and discussion with a group of SF/F authors and fans.  I include it here because PoB is the very model of a modern major general historical fiction writer, and we can all learn something by pouring over the good stuff.

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Not sure if I’ve linked to this before, but a great way of finding out those little details that make your historical writing so authentic and fully immersive is by joining a historical reenactment society.  You can get quite new perspectives on stuff by handling the artifacts and wearing the clothes yourself.  Here is a list of reenactment societies in the UK

http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/LivingHistory/LivingHistorySocieties.htm

and one here which has some US societies and some international ones

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_historical_reenactment_groups

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I thought this was funny and very instructive at the same time:

The impotence of proof reading (proving that the penis mightier than the sword.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OonDPGwAyfQ

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On a more serious note, if you ever feel moved to demand satisfaction in an 19th Century style, the full code covering duelling is available from Gutenberg.org

THE CODE OF HONOR;

or

RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT

of

PRINCIPALS AND SECONDS

in

DUELLING

by John Lyde Wilson

Published in 1838, but containing material from 1777

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/6085/6085-h/6085-h.htm

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And some very not safe for work vintage photos and illustrations of gay sex

http://classicgay.canalblog.com/

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Anyone with any interesting links concerning writing, history or gay history please do share them with us.  Thanks!

 

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