alternate englands: when?

Belben, Philip (Energy Wholesale) Philip.Belben at
Mon Feb 7 03:53:25 EST 2005

Hallie, replying to Deborah:
>> Does anyone know definitive dates for several alternate Englands?
>> -- Joan Aiken's Jacobite world (I call it around 1790 by _Cold
>> Shoulder Road_, assuming lifespans of historical people were about
>> the same as in the real world)
> Not definitive, but it's definitely later than that.  In the
> beginning of Black Hearts in Battersea there's a note saying it's set
> near the beginning of the nineteenth century, and there's a family
> tree of the Dukes of Battersea (p. 106 of the Yearling pb - chapter
> 6) which shows Justin as born 1818.

Not being a great fan of this world, I hadn't realised it was so late.
But I do remember one reference in one of the books (Whispering
Mountain?) to a past event in 1802

Let's add Sorcery and Cecelia to the list, which I seem to recall is set
in 1817 (my copy isn't to hand, so I can't look it up)

These could get silly, if we're not careful!  "A Transatlantic Tunnel,
Hurrah!" is another contemporary one, isn't it...


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