Why things aren’t always clear-cut…

Absolutely fascinating article about the history of that scandalous pastime, the waltz (turns out it was kind of scandalous)!

M.M. Bennetts

There are a lot of armchair historians out there these days…which, don’t get me wrong, I think is a good thing.

For one thing, it may mean that the publishers who seem to have given up on publishing history in favour of celebrity drool-fests might rethink their strategy and go back to publishing works by the likes of Charles Esdaile, Dominic Lieven, Andrew Roberts, Michael Broers and all these other fabulous authors I admire.  And that wouldn’t just be a good thing, it would be a grand and noble and enriching thing.

(It would additionally mean I’d have to add another bookcase in the Growlery, but who’s counting…)

Yet it often also means another thing, and that is, everybody’s got an opinion on everything.  No matter how small, somebody’s going to give it to you when your views don’t match theirs.

Let me give you an example.  Let’s consider the…

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5 thoughts on “Why things aren’t always clear-cut…

  1. I find that piece so interesting. Wouldn’t it be lovely to resurrect it?
    I learnt ballroom dancing as a fifteen year old. There were a few moves which definitely opened my eyes a little wider.

  2. Indeed yes, Jenny! Some of those holds are full of… promise. I used them in my recent manuscript for that reason. As a fifteen-year old, they were embarassing and exciting – and when you consider that many of those husband hunters weren’t much older than that…

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