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Review: The Witch of Lime Street

I recently finished reading David Jaher’s fascinating non-fiction book, The White of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. I adored it. Spiritualism first arrived in America in the mid-1800s with the Fox sisters, mediums who used the cracking of their ankles to fake their way to ghost communication fame. This was soon after the end of the American Civil War so there …

The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is Here!

My first non-fiction book is now live! The paperback can be purchased on Amazon (and, hopefully within two weeks, at Bookmark in Charlottetown) and the ebook is available in almost all digital book retailers. Links are below. Thanks everyone for the support!   You can’t spell “Tudor dynasty” without getting “nasty.” So, you’ve watched The Tudors and you’ve read Wolf Hall, but do you know the real story …

6 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Nellie Bly

Happy International Women’s History Day! I’ve been so busy with a couple Lazy Historian-related projects that I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like to. I’ll have more news on those projects very soon. Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter to get updates right to your inbox. Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman) is famous for being the first woman investigative journalist. She …

Rose Fortune: the First Female Police Officer in Canada

For those of you who might not know, I’m Canadian. You might not guess it from the amount of Canadian history I delve into on this blog (i.e. basically none). But sometimes you’ll be researching something and a fascinating story just falls into your lap. Meet Rose Fortune. Born the daughter of slaves in Philadelphia around 1774, not much is known about Fortune’s early life. During …