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Sabrina Island: The Little Island That Just Couldn’t

Hurricane Irma has battered the Caribbean and Harvey has done significant damage to Texas. If you can spare a couple dollars, please consider donating to your national branch of the Red Cross to assist in the cleanup and recovery after these major storms. Click any of the links below to visit the website for your region’s Red Cross. United States | Canada | United Kingdom …

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: Elliot Tiber

August 15, 2017 marks the 48th anniversary since Woodstock, the music and art festival that shook up the sleepy little town of Bethel, New York for three days. I have celebrated Woodstock Day for several years, usually by watching Taking Woodstock (2009) or by watching the Woodstock documentary (1970). One of the people involved in finding the location for the festival was Elliot Tiber, a closest …

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 …

Jane Austen: A Brief Timeline

July 18, 2017 marks 200 years since English novelist Jane Austen passed away at the age 41, leaving behind a collection of witty romance novels that have inspired and entertained readers ever since. This timeline of Jane’s life is far from exhaustive. I mostly wanted to focus on her writing, her publications and the media based on her work that came after. December 16, 1775 …

Women’s Fashion 1784-1970

Despite putting almost zero effort into what I wear on a day to day basis, the history of fashion fascinates me. What people wore said a lot about the times they lived in. These two graphics, created by Reddit user Mer-fishy, show the gradual progression of fashion between 1784 and 1970. Aren’t they FABULOUS?

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 …

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 …