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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 …

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 …

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 …

The History of Sex: A Brief Timeline

Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I think it’s time. Let’s talk about sex. I previously did a timeline post about the Salem Witch Trials. It was a fascinating way of seeing the build up to the event, the climax and then the descent back to normality, which reminded me of doing this type of post. WINK, WINK. Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we? 15,000 …

Historical Letter Writing Role-Playing

While preparing my recent blog post on costume bloggers, I came across a blog post on A Most Peculiar Mademoiselle where she briefly mentioned joining a “letter exchange role play.” I contacted her to find out more info. She and a group of other Jane Austen (almost exclusively Swedish) fans gathered in a Facebook group. Each person creates a fictional persona, posts some details of …