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The Royal Spy ~ Prince William Henry

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Interesting post from M.M. Bennetts, although I would love to know how you can be a spy when everyone knows who you are.

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The History Girls: RAGS BONES AND OTHER TREASURES PART TWO, by Leslie Wilson

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O. Henry, the Inmate Author

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William Sydney Porter, better known as O. Henry, was a brilliant story teller--with a secret. He first used his pseudonym while doing time.
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Ladies and Gentlemen of Discernment: A Bartitsu Primer for Authors

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Ever wondered what bartitsu involved?

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Sin and Scandal: The Langworthy Case of 1887

Sin and Scandal: The Langworthy Case of 1887 | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

It's always interesting to stumble across long-forgotten scandals of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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A novelworthy tale of duplicity...

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Sweet as Candy: A few notes on sugar in the Middle Ages

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Celia Fiennes and The Ayahs Home, a very short history walk

Celia Fiennes and The Ayahs Home, a very short history walk | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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A tragic but fascinating forgotten piece of colonial history (in the sense of the English Empire.)

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Polly put the Kettle On

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Why British tea was so expensive and what happened as a result: smuggling and product contamination.
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Lonely Lives and Deaths – French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Britain

Lonely Lives and Deaths – French Napoleonic Prisoners of War in Britain | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Antoine Vanner reviews a forgotten aspect of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Escape from the trenches

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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.

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Mental Health Treatment: Further Attempts

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Changing customs in the treatment of mental illness.

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Family life frozen in time: Eerie images of the abandoned farm houses where even the beds are still made

Family life frozen in time: Eerie images of the abandoned farm houses where even the beds are still made | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
A Dutch photographer has captured the decaying furniture and ornaments left behind in buildings where the owners have long since departed.
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Not really history per se, but someone's history.

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Jane Steen's comment, May 28, 2013 10:47 AM
Well, to me it's not history because it's an image, not a story. I don't think history is just about important people - in fact the history of ordinary folk always seems much more interesting to me - but I need some context for an image to be history. Where was it taken? When was the house abandoned? etc. etc.
Laura Brown's comment, May 28, 2013 2:38 PM
That makes sense. I thought you just meant it wasn't about anyone known in history. It is better when we have more of the story, but a photo can tell something of the story too. I like to document abandoned or vintage/ old buildings (mostly farm houses in rural Ontario). Sometimes I find out some history, usually by luck rather than my own research. But, I like the photos and seeing what you can read about the history based on the remains still there.
Jane Steen's comment, May 28, 2013 7:06 PM
I certainly find these images inspiring. I love old houses!
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Alfred the Great and the Importance of the Oath

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Alfred the Great's law code and the emphasis it places on oath-keeping.
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'Boozing with an Old Codger'

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Karen Maitland illustrates the importance of falconry in the Middle Ages by the words it contributed to the English language.

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Soil fertiliser

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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.

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The Groans of the Britons

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One of the most interesting eras of ancient British history is when the Romans left and everyone else moved in. 

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The Addicted Life of Thomas De Quincey

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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.
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A fascinating peek into drug addiction in the early 19th century, via its most famous victim.

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A Tax on Dogs

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One of the English government's weirder money-making schemes.

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The Royal Spy ~ Prince William Henry

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Interesting post from M.M. Bennetts, although I would love to know how you can be a spy when everyone knows who you are.

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Connected

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Laurie Graham talks telephone (numbers).

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Edwardian Housekeeping: Lighting

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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.

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Strike a light!

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How you lit up in the days before matches, and how the match cainto do being.

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Snuff, the habit of five centuries

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Travelling Manners

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Omnibus rules in Victorian London.

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Medieval lingerie? Discovery in Austria reveals what really was worn under those tunics

Medieval lingerie? Discovery in Austria reveals what really was worn under those tunics | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
A recent discovery in an Austrian castle has revealed that bras existed back in the 15th century.
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Regency Militia--A Different Breed of Officer

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How militia officers were different from the Regulars in Regency England
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