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Showing posts with label Ancient Egyptians. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

History of Polio by Madeline Martin

That awkward moment when you go to write about a character who survived polio, only to realize it wasn’t called ‘polio’ back then.

In Mesmerizing the Marquis, the hero, Noah Hesterton has polio as a child and still bears his scars in the form of a weakened limb. However, in my research, I realized it was not referred to as ‘polio’ until the early 1900’s. However, it is believed to have been around in pre-history based off Egyptian carvings depicting people whose limbs appear shriveled by the effects of polio.

Mesmerizing the Marquis takes place in 1816 when the disease is referred to as a “debility of the lower extremities”. Though later in the century, you may see it referred to as Heine-Medin disease after two physicians working with sufferers and studying the effects.

Through the centuries this disease continued to plague our children, leaving some dead and many survivors bearing the tell-tale sign of twisted and shrunken limbs. America was not immune and suffered a terrible outbreak in the mid-1900’s that killed thousands and left tens of thousands with permanent milt to severe paralysis of the limbs as well as many other issues.

However, in doing my research on polio, it gave me an appreciation for what survivors had to overcome following their illness. One of the things I love about all the research I do for these books is the incredible people and circumstances I learn about along the way. There was the 32nd president of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt, of course, but there were so many others. Like Ray Ewry who won ten Olympic gold medals in jumping despite having spent part of his childhood in a wheelchair, and Wilma Rudolph who had polio as a child and had to wear a leg brace for years just to walk – she went on to win three Olympic gold medals for and set two world records.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt 

Olympian Ray Ewry

Olympian Wilma Rudolph

Ray Ewry and Wilma Rudolph and so many more like them are exactly the reason I love delving into research, to remember the names of people who overcame so much and persevered against the odds stacked against them.

Who are some admirable people you know of in history who defied great odds?


Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels. She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. All shenanigans are detailed regularly on Twitter and on Facebook.

Madeline loves animals in sweaters, cat videos, wine and Nutella. Check out her FB page on any given Friday to see what great new book she's giving away by one of her fellow authors. 

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Noah Haskett, the Marquis of Hesterton, is a recluse. His late brother's actions in battle have forced him to shy away from the ton. When the sole survivor of his brother's company begins speaking, Noah is lured out of hiding. But the answers he seeks are slow to come and it appears someone might be trying to kill him. Of course, being enchanted by a woman is not part of his plan and is making matters rather complicated.

Miss Helen Craig has spent a lifetime hiding her ability to see the future. Despite her reluctance to accept her gift, she has also begun to have visions of the past. Concerned her gift may lead to madness, she volunteers at a hospital for the sick and insane in the hopes of learning how to avoid such a fate. But when an omen of death comes to her after an encounter with a sullen, brooding marquis, she is compelled to do something she's never done before: attempt to change the future.

When the past and future collide, will love be enough to save them or will the sins of others be their doom?

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ancient Egyptians at Home by Jean Drew

Welcome to today's guest blogger, fellow Hearts Through History chaptermate and author, Jean Drew! She's bringing a taste of Egypt of our blog today. Enjoy!


by Jean Drew

There are many fallacies people of our time believe about ancient Egypt and I want to put that right.

They were preoccupied with death. 

Quite the opposite — they were preoccupied with life. If anyone believed in life after death, it was the Egyptians. They loved life so much that they wanted to recreate their current life in the hereafter. This is why scenes of their life were painted on tomb walls — so the gods would know the kind of life they wanted to carry on. It was also why their drawings of people looked off balance, (square shoulders). They were letting the gods know they had two arms in this life so they would have two in the next.

They were a pretty sombre lot.

No one loved a celebration like the Egyptians. Almost every day of the year was celebrating one festival or another. That meant copious amounts of beer and wine, not to mention food.

Incomplete calendar of ancient Egyptian festivals

Women were kept in their place.
Not in ancient Egypt. If ever there was a place in the ancient world to be born a woman, it was ancient Egypt. Egyptian women had a free life, compared to her contemporaries in other lands. She could have power and position if she was in the right class. She could hold down a job, or be a mother if she chose. She could live alone and run her own business. She could buy and sell property. She followed the latest fashions and learned to write if she wanted to. She loved and laughed and ate and drank. She partied and got sick. She helped her husband, she ran her household. Ancient Egyptian women had hopes and dreams of her own, not too much different from today's woman. She married for love and was entitled to a generous settlement should a divorce occur. It was only after various invasions—Persians, Greeks, Romans— that Egyptian women lost all claims to independence.

Their cities were built by slaves.
Perhaps the biggest fallacy of them all.  I mean, what do you think the average Egyptian did for a crust while “slaves” were doing all the work? Sure the Egyptians had slaves, but not as many as we have been led to believe. Their cities were built by Egyptians, many of whom were conscripted into pharaoh’s service from outlying farms and villages. Many workers were also farmers, who, during the months when the Nile was in flood (the inundation), signed on to help so they could feed their families. They were very protective of their religion and its symbols, so no other religion would have been allowed to mess with theirs. And have you ever heard of slaves going on strike? One group of tomb workers did just that. They sat down on the job until pharaoh sent their wages—bread, eye paint and garlic.

As for me, I’m besotted with ancient Egypt and have several books on the subject, not to mention Internet references, right down to Egyptian plumbing.

Caption:  Egyptian revellers at the Festival of Opet.

Caption:  Statue of Raherka and Meresankh, in  a loving pose.

AUTHOR BIO: Jean has been a member of Hearts Through History for several years. Writing as Jean Adams she wrote ETERNAL HEARTS, a time-travel, set in ancient Egypt available on Kindle or paperback, or through Highland Press. She is currently working on an historical trilogy set during the reigns of three different pharaohs. Visit her at: http://www.jeandrew.co.nz/

ETERNAL HEARTS available from Highland Press.

She found the love of her life 3000 years too late.
When Alexandra Kelly returns a broadcollar to Egypt, she is swept through a time portal on a breathtaking yet terrifying journey to a land of majesty and splendour, the land of pharaohs.
Death is Lord Khafra's fate if he embarks upon his dangerous quest. Can Alex's arrival save him from his date with a lonely, fiery death?
Together they find love and face terrible danger and hardship but the sexy charioteer could make any woman believe the gods were smiling on her.
At the next full moon Alex must return to the 21st century, where Khafra has been dead for several millennia.

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