#Gothic, #Ghosts, and #Victorian Viagra, ~DANGER AT THATCHAM HALL by Frances Evesham #RBRT #Bookreviews, interview, excerpt

What a great post. Thank you Barb, Frances, Rosie

Barb Taub

Congratulations! It’s a bouncing, baby… gothic?

Horace Walpole's Twickenham house, Strawberry Hill, gleaming white in spring sunshine, soon after restoration. [photo credit: Chiswick Chap via Creative Commons license]Horace Walpole’s Twickenham house, Strawberry Hill, gleaming white in spring sunshine, soon after restoration. [photo credit: Chiswick Chap via Creative Commons license] He loved the idea of old castles and gothic cathedrals. He just didn’t happen to have one lying around. So Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, decided that if he couldn’t get them the old-fashioned way (by inheriting or marrying them), he’d have to make his own. From a couple of cottages in Twickenham, he built Strawberry Hill, a gothic castle in miniature. Turrets, battlements, cloisters, suits of armor, vaulted ceilings, rose windows—from 1747 until his death in 1797, Walpole kept adding them all. The only thing missing was a ghost.

Then one night in June, 1764, Walpole woke from a strange dream in his bed at Strawberry Hill.

I had thought myself in an ancient castle… and that on the uppermost bannister of a…

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