Welcome to Moorgate Books

My name is Diane H. Morris and I publish Regency-era historical novels through this website. My first two novels, Rosings Park and Cousin Anne, are based on Jane Austen’s beloved story Pride and Prejudice and follow Miss Anne de Bourgh’s romantic adventures. I have released two books in my trilogy: Ravaging the Dead (Book 1) and Naught but Butchers (Book 2). I plan to release Book 3, No Hallowed Ground, this summer. The trilogy, titled Surgeon’s Duty, explores a rather ignoble time in medicine when body-snatchers dug up newly buried bodies and delivered the cadavers to the hospital surgeons, who used them to study anatomy.

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Regency Surgery Was Awful

Regency Surgery Was Awful

There is no question about it: Regency surgery was awful for patients. An observer in 1828 described an amputation in this manner: “But, oh, how my feeling recoiled at the sight! To behold the keen shining knife drawn around the leg severing the integuments, while the...

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My Regency Website Has a New Look!

My website has a new look! The featured image on my redesigned homepage is Issac Robert Cruikshank’s drawing titled “Characters on the Steyne, Brighton,” published in 1825. I love it because it’s just so Regency!

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Body-snatching in the United States

Body-snatching in the United States

The business of body-snatching thrived in Jane Austen's England. It also flourished in Scotland (1), Ireland (2), on the continent (3), and in the United States (US) and Canada. The success of the body-snatcher or Resurrection man (as he was sometimes called) arose...

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