The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Historical
At the end of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur settles down to read his copy of the guide. He comes across this entry:
The History of every major Galactic Civilization tends to pass through three distinct and recognizable phases, those of Survival, Inquiry and Sophistication, otherwise known as the How, Why and Where phases. For instance, the first phase is characterized by the question, "How can we eat?" the second by the question "Why do we eat?" and the third by the question "Where shall we get lunch?"
Eloisa James’s workshop is for every writer who wishes she had a hitchhiker's guide to time-traveling: anyone who is writing a historical for the first time – or who has written in one period and is contemplating another.
This talk will not give you pages of data about the difference between Jezebels and courtesans or (to be even more arcane) light-frigates, light-heeled women, light o'loves, light-skirts and light women. This is a talk about asking the right kinds of questions, such as (with a nod to Douglas Adams): If I slept with my neighbor's wife, would anyone notice?