For the Napoleonic era, there are many resources and associations. These are the main ones:
- The International Napoleonic Society
- The Napoleonic Society of America
- Souvenir Napoleonien
- La Fondation Napoléon
For 17th century and the Court of the Sun King:
Blogging the Renaissance. Although no longer active, the archives of this blog are well worth exploring.
- Hoydens and Firebrands: Roaring Ladies Who Write About The Seventeenth Century. I won’t be shy: I’m one of the “roaring ladies” who contribute to this blog.
- jardine’s book of martyrs: An exploration of the Later Covenanters, the Killing Times and Scottish History.
- Two Nerdy History Girls: Bestselling authors Loretta Chase & Susan Holloway Scott gossip about history, writing, and yes, shoes. This is an excellent blog for historical details. Highly recommended.
- Versailles and More. Historical novelist Catherine Delors offers excellent historical information on this blog.
- Wonders & Marvels. A wealth of historical information: a marvel!
- Writing the Renaissance; Bringing Sixteenth Century France to Life through Historical Fiction.
Historical fiction review blogs:
- Historical Novel Review
- Historical Tapestry
- Reading the Past; News, views, and reviews of historical fiction, by Sarah Johnson
Blogs by writers of historical fiction:
- Mary Novik’s blog.
- Historical Boys; blog of C.W. Gortner
- Early Modern at the Beinecke
- Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert (in English)
- Encyclopedia of Diderot & d’Alembert (in French)
- Gallica: the French digital library
- H-france: The Society for French Historical Studies
- Historical maps of Europe
- London Lives: great for daily life research.
- The Geffrye Museum of the Home
17th century links:
- 17th Century Baroque Fashion
- Blogging the Renaissance
- Cesar: database of French theater during the Ancien Régime
- Du 17ème siecle
- Early Modern Bibliography
- Early Modern Whale
- Historical Novels Info: novels set in 17th century Europe
- Hoydens and Firebrands
- L’Age d’Or
- Mercurius Politicus; a blog about early modern books, history and culture
- Modern History Sourcebook
- Samuel Pepys’s Diary
- Sound and Furry, signifying nothing: a blog about the history of expressions
- The Diary of John Evelyn
- The Society for 17th century French Studies
- Weave a Garland
- Web17: Le XVIIe siècle de Roger Duchêne
- Wonders and Marvels
- Wynken de Word: Books, Early Modern Culture, Post-Modern Readings
Perhaps of Interest:
Various of interest:
- “How Historical Fiction Went Highbrow — a wonderful article in the Atlantic
- “Sun King” — the Beatles song
- Dangerous Liaisons: Famous Mistresses of the Sun King
- Historic Food
- Louis XIV representing the sun rising
- Video on Versailles
- (A rather silly) game on building Versailles