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About Amanda






When I was a child, my parents had a wonderfully illustrated book on archaeological sites around the world.  I loved to sit on the floor in front of the bookshelf (since the book was too heavy to hold!) and lose myself in the colorful photographs of Egypt, Greece, the Lascaux caves, Macchu Pichu, Viking ship burials, and read about the wonderful idea that the past could be brought to life again.  (I also became convinced we had Viking treasure buried in the backyard, like the Sutton Hoo hoard, and tore up newly-laid sod in my intrepid quest to find it!  I think my dad is still mad about that…)


In college, I took one or two classes on archaeology, but writing took me in another direction.  I never gave up my love of history, though—and I was so happy to “meet” the heroines of my “Muses of Mayfair” series, three Regency sisters who share my love of study and the excitement of discovery!


The 18th and early 19th centuries were great ones for the study of antiquities, spurred on by discoveries like that of Pompeii in 1748 and the arrival of the Elgin Marbles in England in between 1801 and 1812 (still a highly controversial subject!).  This love was the catalyst for trends in architecture, fashion, literature, and travel, and my Chase family is a part of that passion.  Sir Walter Chase is a renowned scholar of classical art and history, so when he had daughters what else could he do but name them after the Muses?  Calliope, Clio, and Thalia are the three eldest, all of them dedicated to their studies—in very different ways.  Through this devotion, they meet 3 equally passionate heroes.


I loved researching the archaeology of the Regency period and incorporating ancient Greek art into the tales!  (The statue of Artemis, the Alabaster Goddess of To Catch a Rogue, is based on a statue in the Louvre, and the silver hoard in To Deceive a Duke is inspired by the famous Morgantina Silver). 



Some of the sources I found useful include:

  • B.F. Cook, The Elgin Marbles (British Museum Press, 1997)

  • Susan Nagle, Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A Biography of Mary Nisbit, Countess of Elgin (2004)

  • Oliver Taplin, Greek Fire: The Influence of Ancient Greece on the Modern World (1989)

  • David Constantine, Early Greek Travelers and the Hellenice Ideal (1984)

  • L. Eitner, Neoclassicism and Romanticism 1750-1850 (1971)

  • Peter Watson, Cecilia Todeschini, The Medici Conspiracy (2007)

  • E.R. Dodds, The Greeks and the Irrational (1951)

  • Michael Grant, The Ancient Mediterranean (1969)





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