Jillianne

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, author, graphic designer, paper crafter and artist living on Canada's beautiful east coast.

Mad about Mad Hatter Disease

I’m a big fan of medical history so I was surprised when I heard the term “Mad hatter disease” recently and I was unfamiliar with it. The only Mad Hatter I was aware of until recently was the silly top hat-wearing gentleman in Alice in Wonderland. When I discovered that the disease actually related to hats, I got even more excited. (I love me a good …

EXCLUSIVE! Six New Royal Portraits Discovered

I’m proud to announce that The Lazy Historian has an exclusive first look at something that will surely rock the worlds of Western European history lovers. Six portraits of well-known royal figures from England and France were recently discovered in a trunk in an old farmhouse in the English countryside. They will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in London for a few months this …

10 History-Inspired DIY Decor Projects

I love making things, mostly paper crafting but I’ll occasionally get into a bigger decor project. If you get goosebumps while watching costume dramas and admiring the sets around the characters, you may just need some history-inspired decor in your home! How to Create Silhouette Art   DIY Coat of Arms Flags & Banners   Create a Cabinet of Curiosities   Curtain Rod Canopy Bed …

Interview: Dr. Ian Mortimer, Author and Historian

About a month ago, I was really annoyed. I’m a huge fan of “everyday life” English history books. I have a special shelf in my office just for those types of books. You might notice two things about the above picture: Two books here are by Ian Mortimer. I’m a big fan. I’m missing a book about life in Restoration Britain. And that’s why I was …

5 Savvy Businesswomen from History

Hurray, it’s Women’s History Month! In addition, March 8th is International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change. The 10 women in this article definitely knew something about being bold, as being a woman with her own business was an unheard of thing until, well, not all that long ago. Marie Tussaud When Marie Tusseau was very young, she and her mother …

Review: Taboo (Season 1)

I’m a sucker for lots of things, but FX’s gritty historical fiction series Taboo combines several of them. the Georgian era Tom Hardy a good heist Besides these three major perks of this show, it also included lots of extras that I didn’t expect but came to adore by the end of the season one finale which aired on FX on February 25, 2017. (There are …

Interview: Jennifer Robertson, Art Conservator

Careers based in the history industry fascinate me. I recently had the good fortune of connecting with Jennifer Robertson, a book and paper conservationist based in London, Ontario. She was kind enough to answer some questions about her job and share some images with us. You can learn more about Jennifer’s work at her website.   How did you become interested in this type of …

The Romance of Gretna Green

Any fan of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice has heard of Gretna Green, the small Scottish village just beyond the English border. Spoiler: Lydia writes to her sisters, telling them Mr. Wickham is taking her to Gretna Green to be married. Turns out going to Gretna Green to be married was not so uncommon during the Regency. A new law in England was instituted in 1754, making it illegal for a …

The History of Sex: A Brief Timeline

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time. Let’s talk about sex. I previously did a timeline post about the Salem Witch Trials. It was a fascinating way of seeing the build up to the event, the climax and then the descent back to normality, which reminded me of doing this type of post. WINK, WINK. Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we? 15,000 …

Era Nicknames and What They Mean

There were a few historical era names I wasn’t sure about: where they landed in history, why they were called that and what happened during that time. I investigated. Note: Many of these events relate to European (particularly western European). If you want to add some history to this post or if there is an era you think should be included here, leave it in …