Jillianne

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, author, graphic designer, paper crafter and artist living on Canada's beautiful east coast.

Review: The Butchering Art

Yes, yes, another book review. I’ve been looking forward to The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris since hearing about it a few months ago and it’s even better than I expected. The true story of a Victorian era surgeon experimenting with different hygiene methods in the early battle against germs could easily be the most …

Review: Death, Disease & Dissection

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Death, Disease & Dissection: The Life of a Surgeon-Apothecary (1750-1850) by Suzie Grogan is a deep dive into the education and lives of a medical professional’s life over the span of 100 years. This fairly short book includes different aspects of a physician’s duties, various types of medical careers …

Big Announcement!

I announced recently on social media that I was working on a book. Last night I finished the first draft of The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII, my first non-fiction book. (I already have three novels under my belt, the first of which was shortlisted for the Prince Edward Island Book Award.) You might be thinking, “Does the world need another book about the …

Review: Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Elegant Etiquette in the Nineteenth Century by Mallory James is a compact little book published last month. (To be published in the US in March.) This book covers the do’s and don’ts of living in high society during the 1800s and features handy examples of social situations in …

Review: Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon ticks several significant boxes for me: Georgian/English history, queens and a book containing several biographies of fascinating women. I was also drawn to this book because I live in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, named for Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, the wife of George III. …

Review: Bad Girls from History

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. I sometimes get the feeling that accessibility is why some people don’t get into history. I mean, history is the best. Why wouldn’t a person be into history?! But when you look at the main portal for getting into history, most of the time it’s going to be books. Thick …

Review: The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking

This book was sent to me by Page Street Publishing in exchange for an honest review. There are few historical costuming bloggers as well known as The American Duchess. Lauren has been blogging about historical clothing since 2009 and her Instagram is one of the most impressive sewing-related social media accounts out there. I’m excited to have had the chance to review The American Duchess …

Review: Young and Damned and Fair

Published in April 2017, Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell is a worthwhile addition to your Tudor history bookshelf. Russell digs further into Catherine’s short and tragic life while weaving in everyday details of Tudor England inside and outside the royal court. The author gives some very persuasive arguments about his findings regarding some …

GIVEAWAY: Win an Adorably Nerdy Embroidery Hoop

Thanks to everyone who entered. This giveaway is now closed! I recently finished a hand embroidered hoop project featuring a quote from Elizabeth I. AND IT COULD BE YOURS! Anyone who signs up for my new e-newsletter, Links from the Past, will be entered to win this nerdy but generally adorable decor piece. Links from the Past is a monthly newsletter launching January 1, 2018. Each …

Review: Loving Vincent

In March of last year, I blogged about Vincent van Gogh’s struggle with mental illness. At the end of that article I mentioned Loving Vincent, an upcoming film about Vincent van Gogh’s final days. Last night, after what feels like years of waiting, I finally got to see the film. Loving Vincent is a triumphant combination of a tragic story and mind-blowing artistic visuals. Each frame …