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    Valentine’s Day in early 19th century America

    February 12, 2016

    Valentine’s Day in early 19th century America

    The custom of celebrating St. Valentine’s Day came to America with English and German settlers. Though mass-produced valentine cards did not appear in the United States until the mid-19th century, handmade valentines were exchanged as early as the Revolutionary War. Here’s a peek at how St. Valentine’s Day was celebrated in the early 19th century, as gleaned from American newspapers of the time.

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  • Napoleon in America

    Napoleon in America

    What if Napoleon Bonaparte had escaped from St. Helena and wound up in the United States? Kirkus Reviews calls the first book in Shannon’s Napoleon series “evocative and immersive.”

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    Shannon guest blogs about Elisa Bonaparte

    Shannon guest blogs about Elisa Bonaparte

    February 4, 2016

    It’s an honour to be featured on A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life, talking about Napoleon’s smart sister, Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi. Not as well-known as her sisters, beautiful Pauline and treasonous Caroline, Elisa Bonaparte was more capable than either one of them.

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