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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 …

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: 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. …

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 …

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 …

Interview: Bring Jane Home

I recently blogged about Jane Austen’s life and work since this year marks 200 year since her death at the age of 41. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to talk to the curator of the Jane Austen’s House Museum, Mary Guyatt, about their new wonderful campaign. Click the above graphic for more information. What is the Bring Jane Home campaign? The Museum is …

Did Henry VIII Love Any of His Wives?

I recently saw a thread on a forum about this topic and many of those that responded said no, that Henry VIII did not love any of his wives and that he just wanted a son. I’m going to go ahead and say this isn’t true. He loved all of his wives in different ways and for different reasons. Keep in mind that our definition …