Jillianne

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

6 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Nellie Bly

Happy International Women’s History Day! I’ve been so busy with a couple Lazy Historian-related projects that I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like to. I’ll have more news on those projects very soon. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter to get updates right to your inbox. Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman) is famous for being the first woman investigative journalist. She …

Rose Fortune: the First Female Police Officer in Canada

For those of you who might not know, I’m Canadian. You might not guess it from the amount of Canadian history I delve into on this blog (i.e. basically none). But sometimes you’ll be researching something and a fascinating story just falls into your lap. Meet Rose Fortune. Born the daughter of slaves in Philadelphia around 1774, not much is known about Fortune’s early life. During …

Review: The Pug Who Bit Napoleon

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th & 19th Centuries by Mimi Matthews is a delightful little book that I enjoyed reading very much. Made up of 27 short accounts of animal stories, this quick and easy read is heartwarming, funny and touching. I’m a …

Review: Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners

I found this book uncommonly infuriating. Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill is just… it’s just that it’s… Guys, it’s so good. It takes everything delicate and sweet about the Victorian world featured in movies and romance novels and turns it sideways, going into the horrible details of being a woman in the 1800s. Dealing with marriage, the marriage bed, …

Review: The Butchering Art

Yes, yes, another book review. I’ve been looking forward to The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris since hearing about it a few months ago and it’s even better than I expected. The true story of a Victorian era surgeon experimenting with different hygiene methods in the early battle against germs could easily be the most …

Review: Death, Disease & Dissection

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon-Apothecary (1750-1850) by Suzie Grogan is a deep dive into the education and lives of a medical professional’s life over the span of 100 years. This fairly short book includes different aspects of a physician’s duties, various types of medical careers …

Big Announcement!

I announced recently on social media that I was working on a book. Last night I finished the first draft of The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, my first non-fiction book. (I already have three novels under my belt, the first of which was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award.) You might be thinking, “Does the world need another book about the …

Review: Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James is a compact little book published last month. (To be published in the US in March.) This book covers the do’s and don’ts of living in high society during the 1800s and features handy examples of social situations in …

Review: Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon ticks several significant boxes for me: Georgian/English history, queens and a book containing several biographies of fascinating women. I was also drawn to this book because I live in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of George III. …

Review: Bad Girls from History

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. I sometimes get the feeling that accessibility is why some people don’t get into history. I mean, history is the best. Why wouldn’t a person be into history?! But when you look at the main portal for getting into history, most of the time it’s going to be books. Thick …