Jillianne

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

Month of Macabre: Review: The Death of Kings

In honor of October, the creepiest month of them all, I’m doing a month-long blog post series called A Month of Macabre. If you have a blog post idea, let me know in the comments. Now. Enjoy the first post in this series. Muahahaha… I picked up a copy of The Death of Kings: A Medical History of the Kings and Queens of England by Clifford Brewer last …

October Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… October 1 – Henry III (1207), Bonnie Parker (1910) October 2 – Richard III (1452) October 4 – Louis X (1316), Buster Keaton (1895) …

3 Awesome History Podcasts

Podcasts have never been bigger than right now. The medium is perfect for sharing historical tales and teaching others of heroic feats, great battles and people who have achieved amazing things. These five are just a handful of the history podcasts that deserve to be in your podcast feed. THE HISTORY CHICKS I owe a huge thanks to Beckett and Susan of The History Chicks for …

Mark your calendars! October 13th is Ada Lovelace Day

This year marks the seventh annual Ada Lovelace Day which celebrates women who work within STEM fields. You can learn more about the history of the event here. Ada Lovelace (Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, that is) is known as the world’s first computer programmer. The daughter of Lord Byron (yes, the Lord Byron), Ada was interested in math and science from a very young age. She and …

Review: The Girls of Murder City: Lame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry I’m a CHICAGO musical fan and generally enjoy stories about lady criminals, so this was a must-read for me. I really enjoyed it. The Girls of Murder City tells the story of, mainly, three women: playwright and reporter Maureen Watkins and two glamorous murderesses, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Watkins …

Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known …

More to Stonehenge than previously thought

Stonehenge has always been one of the most mysterious structures on the planet. New clues have recently been unearthed-clues that might help us find out more about its origins. Excerpt from The Telegraph: First reports of the discovery of a mass of huge stones buried near Stonehenge, appearing to be the remains of another ceremonial structure four times larger, included the tantalising suggestion that it …