Category: Historical

How to Feel Smart Watching “The Terror”

The rich historical context around the Franklin Expedition helps to enhance the viewing experience of The Terror and makes for solid reading material in its own right.

I’ve already waxed at length over how much I love watching The Terror. It’s a dense show, with so much to unpack. Oftentimes, even as I’m thoroughly engrossed, I feel like I’m missing something. At lot of that lies in the meticulous attention to historical detail and many references to the historical context around the Franklin Expedition.

Here are a few suggestions on how to fill in those historical gaps so you can feel smart watching The Terror.

*** Please note, mild spoilers for the TV series ensue, so much as 160 year old historical events can be spoiled. ***


The Real: Sophie Blanchard

Sophie Blanchard broke many of the first gender barriers in aviation, only for them to go up again after she was gone

Last month, I had the opportunity to write a couple of guest posts for Women’s History Month. I’d originally wanted to highlight pioneering balloonist Sophie Blanchard as an overlooked subject for historical fiction. But her life story begged for a longer piece and she does in fact have a couple of books based on her life. So I saved my post for here instead.

This is also part of a new feature I’d like to try. The Real is where I’ll highlight a real-life historical personality and make book recommendations (particularly fiction based on their lives.)

Sophie Blanchard was one of history’s earliest aviators. In the early 19th century, she became the first woman to pilot her own balloon and also became the first female military aviator, appointed by Napoleon himself!


Outpost: 6 Warrior Women and the Fiction They Inspired

What do an escaped slave in Jamaica, an ex-prostitute in southern China and an Apache prophetess have in common? They rose from humble origins to become some of the most remarkable warrior women in history.

It’s a busy time for guest posts. On this occasion, Lauralee over at History From a Woman’s Perspective has kindly played host. Following on my last post about Soviet women combat pilots, I expanded my scope to look at warrior women through history. In particular, I wanted to focus on women from humble origins. Not surprisingly, their stories have caught the attention of other writers, so I also got to highlight the stories and novels that these women inspired. A bookish and historical post in one! Follow the link below to head over to Lauralee’s blog:

6 Warrior Women and the Fiction They Inspired


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