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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 …

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 …

The History of Candy: A Timeline

Photo by loilamtan, CC0 1.0 This is a guest post from Emily Johnson. Thanks Emily! Manufactured in different colours, shapes and sizes, there are many reasons why candy has such huge popularity around the world. Many different and new flavours of candy can be seen in the market every day, and there is always that flavour that you can’t resist, whether it be the Finnish …

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 …

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 …

Follow TLH on Pinterest!

Well kiddos, I finally got my butt in gear and created a Pinterest account for The Lazy Historian. Instead of just one board in my personal account with posts from The Lazy Historian, I know have an entire account with lots of boards and lots of links from other fabulous history blogs. Click to Follow The Lazy Historian on Pinterest And while you’re at it, …

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 …

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 …