Nancy’s Letter to the Editor of the New York Times Book Review

To the editor of the New York Times Book Review, Caroline Weber’s self-serving, error-filled review of my book, in which she focuses on the minutiae of whether or not Marie Antoinette had an affair, as though In the Shadow of the Empress was about that one point and not about Maria Theresa, three of her remarkable daughters, and … Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorder and Louis XVI

Sometimes researching the life of a major historical figure can teach as much about the present as it does about the past.  Often it illustrates how far we have progressed since the days of superstition and intolerance—but sometimes it instead points out how ingrained are prejudice and narrow-mindedness.  This, I have found, is especially true … Read more