Jillianne

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

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Well kiddos, I finally got my butt in gear and created a Pinterest account for The Lazy Historian. Instead of just one board in my personal account with posts from The Lazy Historian, I know have an entire account with lots of boards and lots of links from other fabulous history blogs. Click to Follow The Lazy Historian on Pinterest And while you’re at it, …

Review: Genius and Harlots

Living in The Golden Age of Television is a real challenge sometimes. There are simply too many good TV shows out right now. I’ve got a list of shows I want to watch and there are only so many hours in a day. That’s why I’m combining two show reviews into one post. These shows are unrelated in almost every way. They just happened to …

The Lazy Historian’s Guide to Historical Accuracy on Screen

Author Hilary Mantel has been drowning in accolades since Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies hit the bookstore shelves, the stage and then the TV screen. But I found it surprising when Mantel said women writers must stop falsely empowering female characters in history, referring specifically to historical fiction authors. It’s interesting that Mantel dislikes that part about historical fiction but doesn’t mind changing up other …

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 …