Women’s History Category Archives

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 …

Review: A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty

Mimi Matthews makes another appearance at The Lazy Historian for one of her lovely books and, once again, has written a fantastic, well-researched non-fiction book. (Go read my review for The Pug Who Bit Napoleon.) A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty is Matthews’ newest publication and, like many books from Pen & Sword, it’s small but mighty. It’s a dense book of Victorian …

Reaction: Mary Queen of Scots Trailer

You may want to avoid this post if you’re the type to avoid watching movie trailers because of spoilers. Because I’ve got FEELINGS ABOUT IT. Man, I really gotta stop getting my hopes up when it comes to historical accuracy in films. Y’all know I’m a Tudor girl. I adore Saoirse Ronan and I really liked Margot Robbie in I, Tonya so I was excited, if a little …

Review: A Georgian Heroine

Note: this review contains spoilers and references to sexual violence. This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. I was pretty excited when I heard about this A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs by Joanne Major and Sarah Murden. Major and Murden specialize in digging up the history of lesser known …

Review: Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era

This book was sent to me by Pen and Sword Books in exchange for an honest review. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoy Pen and Sword’s “broad overview” style books—they’re quick reads that cover a lot of material in a fairly short book. Trailblazing Women of the Georgian Era: The Eighteenth Century Struggle for Female Success in a Man’s World …

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 …

Review: Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners

I found this book uncommonly infuriating. Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill is just… it’s just that it’s… Guys, it’s so good. It takes everything delicate and sweet about the Victorian world featured in movies and romance novels and turns it sideways, going into the horrible details of being a woman in the 1800s. Dealing with marriage, the marriage bed, …

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: 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 …