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5 Impacts the Roman Empire Had On Education

This is a guest post from Ashley Coblentz in partnership with Chicago Home Tutor. It’s not often you stop to consider everything the Roman Empire did for our modern culture. Things like infrastructure and our modern laws all stem from Rome. But you probably don’t know all the ways the Roman Empire has affected our educational system including the invention of a home tutor. Read …

A History of High Heels

This is a guest post by Jordan Baker of East India Blogging Co. Thanks Jordan! In contemporary Western society, heels are often seen as the epitome of female fashion. But this wasn’t always the case. Heels have their origins among the male-dominated warrior class of Persia. Making their first appearance in the historical record sometime between the tenth and fifteenth centuries, heeled shoes were originally …

The Terrifying Flag of Blackbeard

This is a guest post by Jordan Baker of East India Blogging Co. Thanks Jordan! Imagine this: a black flag picturing a white, horned devil. In the creature’s right hand it holds an hourglass, while in its left it holds a spear that it’s driving into a large red heart, out of which droplets of blood slowly seep. The symbology here at play here is …

The Curse of Woodstock

I wasn’t really surprised when I heard Woodstock 50 was cancelled. Upon hearing the expected lineup a few months prior, I was disappointed to see the 50th Anniversary of the famous (infamous?) Woodstock Music and Art Festival, wasn’t so much a tribute to the original 1969 festival, but just another music event with a lineup of impressive names; Miley Cyrus, The Killers, and Jay-Z to …

Noble Blood: a new podcast for history fans

NEWS: I’m back from hiatus! No, I haven’t finished my novel (updates over here) but I missed writing about history on a regular basis. I hope to update at least once a month going forward but probably won’t be sending out newsletters on a monthly basis. Probably closer to once every three months or so. We’ll see. I’m still active elsewhere online: if you enjoy …

On Hiatus

The Lazy Historian and the monthly newsletter are going on hiatus for a while, probably until I finish this darn novel. Please note I will not be accepting any guest posts during the hiatus so all emails of this nature will be ignored. I will likely still be blogging at Jilly.ca for the time being. If I come across anything cool or fascinating related to …

Alewives, Brewsters, and the Birth of the Witch

(Insert cartoonish witch cackle here.) October wouldn’t be complete without a blog post relating to the spooooookiest day of the year—Halloween of course! I love Halloween: the gothy decor, the candy, the costumes. Back in my trick-or-treating days, I dressed up as a witch a lot, I’ve always loved The Wizard of Oz and Wicked and movies like Practical Magic and Hocus Pocus. Previously, I did a blog post about the Salem …

Bess Foster: the Other Woman

This is a guest post by Jess Toole. Thanks Jess! As a fan of the 2008 film, The Duchess, and a regular visitor to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire, the story of Lady Elizabeth Foster has always fascinated me. Bess, as she is most commonly known, was born 13th May 1758. Her childhood was spent in Ireland in quite poor living conditions but she escaped this …

A Feminist Glance at History: Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots

This is a guest post by Marina Jovanović. Thanks Marina! Today, when feminism is stronger than ever, it is interesting to see there have always been powerful women who stood for what “girl power” stands for today as well. Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, are prime examples. Let’s see how they struggled to maintain power in the male-dominated world. Mary was crowned when she …