May 2nd, 2011


What would a Baptist minster wear in 1930s America?

Basically, I want to know if a Baptist minster could wear a cassock and/or a clerical collar in California in the 1930s.

I have tried to google variations of baptist attire, baptist cassocks, baptism and cassocks, do baptists wear cassocks etc. but the answers vary quite a lot. Some claim Baptist ministers would never wear a cassock, some say they sometimes do. I am confused and very ignorant it seems.

Help! Basically, I just want to know if I can get away with this or not!

Maison Militaire du Roi de France

I'm currently writing something set at the court of Louis XIV and am running into some unexpected snags along the way. The latest involves the king's military household and his personal bodyguard. Though I've found some information on the topic, most of the really informative (and therefore useful) stuff seems to be in French and unfortunately, I don't speak the language. I've done google searches, looked through google books, read wikipedia and the articles on, and discovered a little bit of (confusing) info on a site on European heraldry. And thus, I've found my way here with the hope that someone can help.

Basically, my question is how was the military household organized? In books that I've read about Louis XIV, there are references to a certain Brissac who held the post of major of the king's bodyguard. From my research into the maison militaire, however, they only talk about guards companies and captains.

Was the Garde Écossaise still the premier guard in 1670? And what is the "Compagnie de Cent Gentilshommes"? All I know is it's definitely distinct from the 100 Swiss but I can't find any more information on it. It seems to be listed as the premier company of guards though ahead of the Scottish Guard even though the Scottish Guard provided the 24 "gardes de la manche" who were supposed to escort the king at all times.

I know I'm probably asking for a lot here but if anyone could explain to me in a concise way how the military household of the king of France was organized in 1670: who performed what tasks and which guards had precedence over others - also, whether the "major of the king's bodyguard" controlled the entire bodyguard and all its disparate companies or if he was simply a major who controlled one battalion of guards - I'd be greatly, greatly appreciative.

Thank you in advance.

Offences in the Military - Court Martial - Treason?


I searched via Google for causes of Court Martial, for treason on duty/in office, for serious offences, abuse of materiel, favouritism. Unfortunately the situation I am thinking of is way too specialized to come up even in a reasonably like way.

So now I am seeking input from people who have indepth knowledge of military matters and offenses officers can commit.

Note: the military body in question is fictive, but either going by US forces regulations or by a joined international army in a war situation (like during WWII) would be ideal.

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Long-Term Dementia-esque Illness

Date: 1886 AU (The AU part being that this world is a bit more advanced than ours, because various people lived/died differently. Alternative History, if you will.)
Place: London
Character: MC's father, in his fifties, head of a dirigible company, has a lot of money

Research: Googling dementia, delirium, recurring delirium, Wikipedia-ing dementia, delirium, schizophrenia (and related links), syphilis, malaria, Parkinson's, Lyme disease, 

Hi guys, I'm looking for an illness to order.

My main character's father has been suffering on and off (about 5 years) from a deteriorating illness that leaves him unable to care for himself, much less run his business. There are times (a few) when he can get up and around, and actually do business, but for the most part he's stuck at home, cared for by the discreet family physician. Sometimes, he can't even recognize his own daughter or remember who he is.

That's the gist of it, and specific details are subject to change.(Like him having lucid periods). For various reasons, the family's been keeping the news under wraps, because they cannot afford for the news to leak. (For one, the eldest daughter is engaged, and the fiance's family might pull back from the agreement) And for a happy ending, I would definitely prefer that the illness (or disorder) is treatable or at least manageable, if you get the right doctor to look at it.. (And if that requires the invention of penicillin in 1886, I can do that.)

He has also traveled extensively in India, the Middle East, and the Far East, so he could have picked it up abroad.

Any ideas?