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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 …

Review: Versailles

I just finished watching season 1 of Versailles, the newest offering of dramatized royal history on television. Brought to us by Canada and France production companies, Versailles tells the story of the early days of the building of the Palace of Versailles during the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. We meet King Louis, of course, and get to marvel at his fabulous hair. We also meet …

Marie Antoinette Month: Louis XVI

Despite the name of this blog, the Lazy Historian didn’t actually get lazy. She got busy with work and book stuff. SIGH. But I’m back with another post for Marie Antoinette Month, in honor of the doomed queen’s 260th birthday. This post discusses her husband, Louis XVI of France. Expectations would be high for any descendant of Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, the …

Month of Macabre: A History of the Guillotine

What is it about the guillotine that sends shivers down the spine? When it comes to execution, the guillotine was more humane and effective than beheading by axe or sword. This symbol of the French Revolution made beheading a quick and painless endeavour. Is it the size of the blade? The quick succession of deaths that occurred during the bloodiest parts of the French Revolution? Although …

Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

During Marie Antoinette’s life, she went through a few phases, as we all do as we grow up. As an adult, Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, took a liking to what she thought of as a simpler lifestyle. She began dressing in simpler gowns and her hairstyles became more tame and less… towering. In 1783, she had the architect Richard Mique build a country retreat for her, known …