Review: Versailles

I just finished watching season 1 of Versailles, the newest offering of dramatized royal history on television. Brought to us by Canada and France production companies, Versailles tells the story of the early days of the building of the Palace of Versailles during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. We meet King Louis, of course, and get to marvel at his fabulous hair. We also meet …

A Cat on the Frontline

In recent months, the centenary of the beginning of World War One or as many thought at that time, the War to End all Wars, has been commemorated in Ireland and throughout Europe. After the opening few weeks of battle, the war became a stalemate as both sides dug in and trench warfare was to dominate the field of battle in the years that followed. …

Looking for Contributors

We’re looking for a handful of enthusiastic volunteer contributors to write blog posts for The Lazy Historian. This can be as little as a guest post or as much as a couple posts per month. Posts should be between 350 and 800 words. Topics featured in blog posts can be anything as long as they are history-related. We’re looking for writers who love history and …

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 …