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Virginia DeMarce

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Virginia DeMarce was born in Missouri and lives in Arlington, VA. She is retired from the federal government, where she was a historian for the Office of Federal Acknowledgment.

She received a Ph.D. in early modern history from Stanford University in 1967, which is less obsolete than would be the case had she been in a scientific field of endeavor. She proved unsuited to an academic career, although she taught at the college level for fifteen years, since she was plagued by an irresistible desire to know more and more about more and more, rather than about less and less.

Her most persistent hobby is genealogy. In 1988-1989, she served as president of the National Genealogical Society.

She has been married to James DeMarce since 1962. They have three children and a varying number of grandchildren.

Previously published works by Virginia DeMarce are:

"Biting Time," Ring of Fire

"Motherhood and Apple Pie, While You're At It," "Common Sense," Bypass Surgery," "In the Night, All Hats are Gray," "Who's Calling This Race," "A Nightmare Upon the Present," and, cowritten with Eric Flint, "The Ram Rebellion," 1634: The Ram Rebellion

1634: The Bavarian Crisis, cowritten with Eric Flint, was released in October 2007.

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Arrested Development

Arrested Development

February–May 1635The organ at St. Mary Magdalene’s in Grantville moved into the opening strains of “Glory Be to Jesus.” Dennis Kovar poked an elbow into his cousin Dominic Grady’s ribs. “I love this hymn. It’s just so gruesomely...
Warm Spit

Warm Spit

Grantville, September 1634 “I say that we bring back nominating conventions.” Henry Dreeson folded his hands over the little paunch that sat so oddly on his otherwise scrawny frame. “Real ones, that amount to a hill of beans. Conventions that nominate the candidates....
The Red Flag of Henneberg

The Red Flag of Henneberg

Grantville, Spring 1635 “What are they?” Hedy Beasley asked her husband. “Bed sheets. King size. Fucking worn out bed sheets that won’t even fit our mattress. Just like everything I get to bring home from the laundry is so worn out that the person who brought...
Historically Well Preserved

Historically Well Preserved

Grantville, July 1635 “I arrived in February,” Robert Herrick said politely.Mistress Sophie Thomas, her eyes fixed on the refreshment table, walked between him and Mistress Alannie Clark, bearing a tray of sandwiches and coffee.He sent a mental prayer of...
Name That Tune—Oops, Character

Name That Tune—Oops, Character

At the 1632 mini-conferences I have, several times, presented talks under the title “Time Passed in the Past.” Each talk is different (to avoid boring frequent attenders), but the theme remains the same each year. The past is not some vague, amoebic, blob that...
Ya' Gets Yer Money and Ya' Gets Yer Choice

Ya' Gets Yer Money and Ya' Gets Yer Choice

Grantville, November 1634 Tom Quiney rested his elbows on the balustrade of the concrete bridge that was such a landmark feature in downtown Grantville. Their goal, a white-painted storefront office, was just in sight.“Should we?” his brother Dick asked.“The bill was...
Advice and Counsel

Advice and Counsel

Grantville, October 1634 “I love October’s bright blue weather.” The Reverend Mary Ellen Jones stood on the rectory porch, just breathing, and almost regretted it when she saw her next appointment walking down the street. It wasn’t as bright...
The Truth About That Cat and Pup

The Truth About That Cat and Pup

Grantville, January 1635 ” . . . start planning for Jonas and Ronella’s wedding,” Carol finished. “I can hardly believe that we got them officially engaged. Finally. They sit around staring at each other. Jonas, as if he can’t...
Speaking of Uncle Abner

Speaking of Uncle Abner

Grantville, October 1634″That is the most perverse use of the law that I have ever heard of,” Samuel Krapp exclaimed.Thomas Price Riddle closed the law textbook he had been balancing on his lap and looked at his “student body.” If a man could...