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Always wondered what a palfrey was - Thanks Sue Millard.
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We have all heard the claims: People were shorter in the past, and that is why old beds are so short. I am here today to tell you that both "facts" are hogwash! Well, mostly...
History and floor plan of Regency era town houses in London and other English cities.
William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, was a brilliant story teller--with a secret. He first used his pseudonym while doing time.
Ever wondered what bartitsu involved?
It's always interesting to stumble across long-forgotten scandals of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.
A novelworthy tale of duplicity...
A tragic but fascinating forgotten piece of colonial history (in the sense of the English Empire.)
Why British tea was so expensive and what happened as a result: smuggling and product contamination.
Antoine Vanner reviews a forgotten aspect of the Napoleonic Wars.
Sue Purkiss delivers a poignant WW1 story. I lived in Belgium for 16 years and never heard of Talbot House or the Poperinge execution post, which just goes to show: history curiosity is a lifelong pursuit.
Changing customs in the treatment of mental illness.
Some quick tips for putting your historical fiction in motion.
Victorian Men’s Hairstyles & Facial HairA collection of Victorian photographs, depicting some of the hairstyles and facial hair fashion of the time.
Some of these guys are hot. A great roundup of inspiration for your next Victorian hero.
MM Bennetts provides a corrective to our rose-tinted idea of Austenland.
Is it true that the pulverized bones of soldiers and horses who died at the battle of Waterloo were later sold as fertilizer?
I used to live in Waterloo... and put bonemeal on my garden. Just saying.
One of the most interesting eras of ancient British history is when the Romans left and everyone else moved in.
To eat. Begin with that verb: not “opium-addict,” nor “smoker” or “drinker”—though this last was most appropriate, since for most of his life Thomas De Quincey preferred laudanum, opium dissolved in an alcohol solution.
A fascinating peek into drug addiction in the early 19th century, via its most famous victim.
One of the English government's weirder money-making schemes.
Interesting post from M.M. Bennetts, although I would love to know how you can be a spy when everyone knows who you are.
Laurie Graham talks telephone (numbers).
At the start of the Edwardian era, the use of electricity gradually made its way from public buildings to smart homes in cities and newly-built houses in the suburbs.
How you lit up in the days before matches, and how the match cainto do being.