19th century Tag Archives

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 …

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 …

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 …

Interview + Giveaway: Valentine Baker’s Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877

A big thanks to author Frank Jastrzembski for stopping by the blog and answering some questions about his book, Valentine Baker’s Heroic Stand At Tashkessen 1877: A Tarnished British Soldier’s Glorious Victory. You can enter to win an ebook version of this book by leaving a comment below. The winner will be drawn randomly and receive a Kindle or ePub version of the ebook. Good …

Sabrina Island: The Little Island That Just Couldn’t

Hurricane Irma has battered the Caribbean and Harvey has done significant damage to Texas. If you can spare a couple dollars, please consider donating to your national branch of the Red Cross to assist in the cleanup and recovery after these major storms. Click any of the links below to visit the website for your region’s Red Cross. United States | Canada | United Kingdom …

Jane Austen: A Brief Timeline

July 18, 2017 marks 200 years since English novelist Jane Austen passed away at the age 41, leaving behind a collection of witty romance novels that have inspired and entertained readers ever since. This timeline of Jane’s life is far from exhaustive. I mostly wanted to focus on her writing, her publications and the media based on her work that came after. December 16, 1775 …