A very cool, creepy, tree in the Charter Street Cemetery, Salem, MA As you know, I’m in the process of writing Traveler 3 and it’s no secret that Salem, Massachusetts, is going to play an important part of the story. I’m also working on another historical fiction project that is based in Salem during the…
Westminster Abbey has been the place where Kings and Queens of England have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. That ceremony is called a coronation. The Abbey is almost 1,000 years old and many people are buried inside the Abbey that were important to English history. These people include many kings and queens, writers like…
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court is a significant place to Tommy and Nick. It’s where they are brought to meet Henry VIII for the first time in Traveler. I just returned from London where I was able to walk some of the rooms and hallways where Henry actually lived. Much of the palace was updated later for other…
Ford’s Theatre: 157 Years Ago
On the evening of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln as he watched the play, Our American Cousin. This happened at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C. where Tommy, Nick, Mary, and Dr. Martin explored in Traveler II: An Uncivil War. I don’t see Mr. Floyd skulking around, do you? (Don’t know…
What Do You Know About Henry VIII?
Tommy and Nick meet King Henry VIII when they land in 1540 and are, understandably, terrified. Were they right to be? Here are a few fun facts about England’s most notorious king. Henry was never supposed to be king; his older brother, Arthur, was. Arthur died young, making Henry the next in line to the…
Who Was John Wilkes Booth?
In Traveler 2: An Uncivil War, Tommy, Nick, and Mary meet John Wilkes Booth, the man who would eventually assassinate (kill) President Abraham Lincoln. Why would someone want to kill the President of the United States? When Abraham Lincoln was the President, the United States was fighting against itself in the Civil War, the North…
Henry VIII’s Wives
In Traveler and Traveler 2, King Henry VIII is married to Katherine Howard, his fifth wife. Katherine’s actual age when she married the king was unknown, but it’s estimated that she was between 17 and 21 years old, much younger than the king who was almost 50. It might seem strange to us today, but…
Recipe for Liz’s Sausage Potato Soup
You know that Tommy and Nick are big fans of Tommy’s mom’s sausage potato soup. (Especially Nick!) Here’s how you can make it at home. Be sure you have your parents’ permission or assistance. Ingredients 1 lb. ground Italian sausage 6 slices of bacon 3 large potatoes 2 small cans of chicken broth 1 quart…
Places in Traveler
In Traveler, Tommy and Nick are transported to 1540 London. First, they were taken to Hampton Court Palace to be interrogated by King Henry VIII. They also meet his 5th wife, Katherine Howard. Click the links to learn more about Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Henry VIII, and Katherine Howard. https://www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/#gs.l1ud75 https://kids.kiddle.co/Tower_of_London https://kids.britannica.com/students/article/Tower-of-London/277401…
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