January Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… January 1 – Paul Revere (1735), J. Edgar Hoover (1895), J.D. Salinger (1919) January 2 – Isaac Asimov (1920) January 3 – Cicero (106 BCE), Elisa Bonaparte …

Robert Burns and Auld Lang Syne

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Now that 2016 is almost upon us, the tune of Auld Lang Syne is about to be heard everywhere and will likely be stuck in my head until Halloween. Learn a bit about the Scottish poet Robert Burns by watching the short video below. Auld Lang Syne, which roughly translates to the Scots version of “once upon a …

5 Holiday Histories

Merry Christmas history lovers! Things have been crazy lately with my job and my book and getting ready for the holidays and this and that, so I’ve been especially lazy with this blog lately. (What can you expect? It’s right in the title.) But I wanted to do another update before 2016, so I’m going with a quick and easy link roundup of some holiday-themed …

Review: Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

I should have known better than to have trusted a historical biopic. I really should know better by now. Since seeing it for the first time a few years ago, I have loved The Duchess. It’s a gorgeous movie starring Kiera Knightley as Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. The movie is loosely based on Amanda Foreman’s biography, Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire. And I do mean loosely. Don’t …

December Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… December 1 – Louis VI (1081), Marie Tussaud (1761) December 2 – William II (1650) December 3 – Charles VI (1368) December 5 – Martin Van …

Marie Antoinette Month: Louis XVI

Despite the name of this blog, the Lazy Historian didn’t actually get lazy. She got busy with work and book stuff. SIGH. But I’m back with another post for Marie Antoinette Month, in honor of the doomed queen’s 260th birthday. This post discusses her husband, Louis XVI of France. Expectations would be high for any descendant of Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, the …

Marie Antoinette Month: Marie Antoinette (Part II)

(View Part 1 of Marie Antoinette’s life here.) Marie Antoinette had always loved children and the pressure to conceive royal heirs came from so many angles, so the stress from this put strain on the couple’s relationship. Sources vary on the reason why the delay (some say lack of sexual education, other historians claim Louis-Auguste had a problem with his equipment), but the couple finally consummated the …

Marie Antoinette Month: Marie Antoinette (Part I)

Since today is Marie Antoinette‘s birthday (the ripe old age of 260), I decided to make the whole month about my favorite doomed French queen. The posts to follow in this series will span the month of November and will relate to the people who were close to her during her life: her mother, her husband, her friends and more. Keep in mind, I didn’t …

November Birthdays

I’ll be adding to this list as I find more birthdays. Note: many birth dates, especially as you look further back in time, were not recorded. Comment below if you know of a birthday that should be added to this list! Happy birthday to… November 2 – Edward V (1470), Daniel Boone (1734), Marie Antoinette (1755) November 4 – William II (1650) November 6 – …

Month of Macabre: A Month in Review

Halloween is this Saturday, meaning our Month of Macabre has come to an end. What was your favorite creepy post from this month? Month of Macabre: The Death of Kings (Book Review) Month of Macabre: A History of the Guillotine Month of Macabre: A Timeline of the Salem Witch Trials Month of Macabre: The “From Hell” Letter Month of Macabre: The Catacombes of Paris Month …