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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 …

The Romance of Gretna Green

Any fan of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice has heard of Gretna Green, the small Scottish village just beyond the English border. Spoiler: Lydia writes to her sisters, telling them Mr. Wickham is taking her to Gretna Green to be married. Turns out going to Gretna Green to be married was not so uncommon during the Regency. A new law in England was instituted in 1754, making it illegal for a …

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 …

Era Nicknames and What They Mean

There were a few historical era names I wasn’t sure about: where they landed in history, why they were called that and what happened during that time. I investigated. Note: Many of these events relate to European (particularly western European). If you want to add some history to this post or if there is an era you think should be included here, leave it in …

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 …

10 Gift Ideas for History Geeks

It wouldn’t be the pre-holiday season without a lame-ass listicle featuring gift ideas. So here’s ours! Lovers of history range in their styles of showing that love, so here are a few varied ideas for different types of history lovers, the subtle history enthusiasts to the out-and-proud geeks. 1. Books This is probably the most “Well, DUHHHHH” item on this list. But I am going to …

5 Historical Costume Bloggers You Should Follow

Although it’s probably a little late to start on your historical Halloween costume at this point, you can still drool over the costumes made by these amazing bloggers. Most of these bloggers are also on Pinterest and Instagram, so don’t forget to follow them on social media too. Note: all of the photos below belong to the bloggers and/or the original photographers. (Additional note: if my …

Aboard a 17th Century Spanish Galleon

El Galeon, a replica of a 17th century Spanish galleon, was docked in Georgetown, Prince Edward Island for three days and I jumped at the chance to climb aboard and take some photos. The galleon was the choice vehicle for merchants and pirates alike. Photo from the El Galeon website From the website: “El Galeon was built during 2009 to 2010 by the Nao Victoria Foundation. …