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As the name implies, we’re a group of readers and authors who love both history and romance, especially when they’re combined in a delightful story. If you feel the same, you’re welcome to join us on our Facebook page and chat with us about historical romance fiction.
Below you’ll find authors of historical romances set in a wide variety of time periods. Perhaps by participating in our Grand Tour you’ll discover some new authors for your future reading pleasure. Hop around to your heart’s content, feel free to comment on the posts, hunt for answers to the authors’ questions, and perhaps you’ll be one of our 25 lucky prize winners (see contest details below)…although you’re already a winner if you find a new story to read, don't you agree?
The theme for this tour is Courting Rituals, and for my post, I’ve chosen to talk about
CONVICT LOVE TOKENS
Early nineteenth century Australia was a far cry from the sophistication of the Regency era and certainly not a place for niceties. Life was tough and love was even harder. The majority of the population of Australia had been transported leaving their loved ones far behind. It was all about survival and the halcyon dream of perhaps one day returning “home” to the mother country – to England.
Sent to the hulks and awaiting transportation a few enterprising young men, rumour has it some were forgers, set about making love tokens. A smoothed copper coin engraved or stippled with a message of affection was one of the few ways a convict could leave a part of himself behind with his loved ones. These small tokens were also known as leaden hearts and tell stories of love, hope and heartbreak — the cherished souvenirs of a lost love.
I am Far
The tokens generally include the names or initials of the convict intertwined with those of their loved one, the length of their sentence and a phrases or rhyme of love. Many of them had holes pierced in them so were obviously made to be worn.
Even today the messages are heart breaking…
for me my Elizabeth
dear with heavy heart I am confined
here with Grief and
sorrow I am Oppresd
Thinking of you
I Cannot Take no
And on the other side
and sand and
dangers free God
protect my love and
Jany 20 1820
The engraved side shows a female figure with an anchor leaning on a rectangular structure, with two crossed hearts and a bird flying above, a ship sailing in the distance, and the text
I love till death shall stop my breath
And finally my two favourites because I am fascinated by the stories behind them…
Given to S K.
By J D her
Brother in law
The other side features a design of an ornate pot with crossed hearts below a border and flowers. I can't help but wonder about SK's story and her relationship with her brother in law.
(with a heart engraved to one side.)
On the other side the text '
I've left you here for
To complain til I
Return to Old
So many untold stories!
Convict tokens were made for the whole of the Transportation period in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) but the majority were produced during the 1820s and 1830s. Maybe this ‘courting’ ritual was the precursor to Twitter – one hundred and forty characters seems a lot compared to summing up your hopes and dreams on the back of a penny.
And here's the question…Convict Love Tokens were also known as………
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The heroine in my most recent release MATILDA'S FREEDOM wears around her neck the love token her father gave her mother when he was transported to Australia. Here's a tiny snippet...the sum total of her possessions—that and the love token her mother had received from her father before he was transported to Australia. She smoothed the worn copper disc as it hung from the velvet ribbon around her neck ribbon, the stippled text comforting beneath her fingers. She had no need to read the inscription as she knew it by heart. When this you see remember me until i achieve my liberty. And that was exactly what her mother had done. She had waited three long years and then at the age of nineteen had brought it with her from Somerset to Australia, following the man she loved. The copper disc was worthless, just a trinket from a forgotten time but it had meant the world to her mother, and it represented everything Matilda believed in."
Leave a comment below to go into the draw to win a copy of either Matilda's Freedom or Lily's Leap
An unconventional woman turns a society family upside down in this Australia-set historical…
Matilda has lost everything, so it feels like a miracle when Christopher Matcham turns up, offering her security, a place to stay, and a position as companion to his teen-aged sisters. Though Christopher likes her fresh outlook and unusual ideas, his family view her as a threat. Christopher has responsibilities – and those include a good marriage that will improve the family’s connections and finances. After all, love is just for the lower classes.
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1. Each author will offer a prize for a contest, the specifics of which is set up entirely by her. The contest will be open to all participants, regardless of geographic location. For logistical purposes, authors may substitute a digital prize (gift card, etc.) of equal value for another prize that might prove difficult to mail to a distant location.
2. The Grand Prize for the Scavenger Hunt will be awarded to the participant with the most correct answers to the authors’ scavenger hunt questions. In case of a tie, the winner will be chosen randomly.
3. The winners will be posted on the History Lovers Grand Tour page the following week.
· Click on the above links to each author’s blog. The blog tour entry can be identified by the graphic in the upper right corner of the post. If it is not the top post, look for the graphic in a prominent location on the sidebar, and click on it to find the blog tour entry.
· Read the blog post and the author’s short answer question at the end. Locate the answer to the question, then click on the link to the History Lovers Grand Tour page and type in the answer next to the author’s name. Be sure to fill in the your name and email address!
· You may go back to the same page and read more of the author’s post (excerpt, etc.) or you may click on another author’s name on the answer sheet and repeat the process.
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