• Charlie Lane

Silk, Cotton, and Luddites, Oh My!





Research for Secrets Between Lovers began with a dive into the textiles industry--brutal cotton, special silks, and those menacing Luddites.


Hey, they were just trying to make a living, actually! Click on the links to read a few of the sources I read during my research and to learn more.







See silk patterns from Spitalfields master weavers in this awesome book:

https://www.amazon.com/V-Pattern-Spitalfields-Moira-Thunder/dp/1838510184


The Fanshawe Dress from (you guessed it!) Spitalfields is drool worthy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdvEj10kux0


Learn about the housing and family heritage of Spitalfields silk weavers:

https://www.family-tree.co.uk/how-to-guides/forgotten-weavers-housing-of-the-spitalfields-silk-district-in-london/


Learn more about the word Luddite and its origin:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-the-luddites-really-fought-against-264412/


Learn more about advances in Textile production during the nineteenth century:

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/txtn/hd_txtn.htm


Looking for more historical romance set against the rich background of silk? Look no more!

https://www.panmacmillan.com/blogs/history/untold-story-silk-weavers-spitalfields-women


Let's take that Spitalfields deep dive even deeper!

https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/middx/vol2/pp132-137



Secrets Between Lovers is on pre-order right now!





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