Review: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

This book was sent to me by Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. There are few historical costuming bloggers as well known as The American Duchess. Lauren has been blogging about historical clothing since 2009 and her Instagram is one of the most impressive sewing-related social media accounts out there. I’m excited to have had the chance to review The American Duchess …

Review: Young and Damned and Fair

Published in April 2017, Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell is a worthwhile addition to your Tudor history bookshelf. Russell digs further into Catherine’s short and tragic life while weaving in everyday details of Tudor England inside and outside the royal court. The author gives some very persuasive arguments about his findings regarding some …

GIVEAWAY: Win an Adorably Nerdy Embroidery Hoop

I recently finished a hand embroidered hoop project featuring a quote from Elizabeth I. AND IT COULD BE YOURS! Anyone who signs up for my new e-newsletter, Links from the Past, will be entered to win this nerdy but generally adorable decor piece. Links from the Past is a monthly newsletter launching January 1, 2018. Each issue will feature a curated list of the best history …

Review: Loving Vincent

In March of last year, I blogged about Vincent van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness. At the end of that article I mentioned Loving Vincent, an upcoming film about Vincent van Gogh’s final days. Last night, after what feels like years of waiting, I finally got to see the film. Loving Vincent is a triumphant combination of a tragic story and mind-blowing artistic visuals. Each frame …

Interview + Giveaway: Valentine Baker’s Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877

A big thanks to author Frank Jastrzembski for stopping by the blog and answering some questions about his book, Valentine Baker’s Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877: A Tarnished British Soldier’s Glorious Victory. You can enter to win an ebook version of this book by leaving a comment below. The winner will be drawn randomly and receive a Kindle or ePub version of the ebook. Good …

Interview: The Morbid History Podcast

I’m thrilled to share this interview with you! I got the chance to interview the two lovely and charming hosts of The Morbid History podcast, Charli and Katie. These two friends loooove stories of guts and gore from the past. Is there a better month than October to have this interview? I think not! Tell me a little bit about the Morbid History Podcast. Charli: …

Introducing… Links from the Past

Links from the Past is a brand new e-newsletter project. Starting January 1, 2018, I’ll be sending out a monthly newsletter that no history buff will want to miss out on. Each issue, delivered straight to your inbox on the 1st of every month, will include: the very best history articles, posts and podcast episodes of the previous month, curated from the best history sources on …

Sabrina Island: The Little Island That Just Couldn’t

Hurricane Irma has battered the Caribbean and Harvey has done significant damage to Texas. If you can spare a couple dollars, please consider donating to your national branch of the Red Cross to assist in the cleanup and recovery after these major storms. Click any of the links below to visit the website for your region’s Red Cross. United States | Canada | United Kingdom …

The History of Candy: A Timeline

Photo by loilamtan, CC0 1.0 This is a guest post from Emily Johnson. Thanks Emily! Manufactured in different colours, shapes and sizes, there are many reasons why candy has such huge popularity around the world. Many different and new flavours of candy can be seen in the market every day, and there is always that flavour that you can’t resist, whether it be the Finnish …

Interview: Natalie Grueninger of On the Tudor Trail

Every fan of Tudor history with an internet connection has probably browsed the blog On The Tudor Trail at least once or twice. The woman behind the blog, Natalie Grueninger, told me about her newest Tudor travel book, Discovering Tudor London. Thanks Natalie! Tell us a little bit about your new book, Discovering Tudor London: A Journey Back in Time. I’d love to! It’s a guide to …