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A wonderful article about how Henry VIII - not known for his modesty - ended up with a modest burial. Karma, anyone?
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Caroliine Lawrence explains how in many ways, ancient Romans didn't resemble us in the least.
Seriously? Boney tried to surrender to the British after Waterloo? How did I miss that?
And he was treated like a rock star by the women...that makes me snort. I used to live in Waterloo, Belgium, yes THE Waterloo (although the battle actually happened in Braine l'Alleud) and visited the battlefield many times - what's remarkable is that most of the souvenirs sold to the tourists at the site are images of Napoleon (who lost) and never of the coalition generals who finally defeated Europe's greatest strategist.
A curiosity indeed - I had never heard of it and I'm from the London area!
Deborah Swift serves up a potted history of tea-drinking. I would love a post on how tea was taken historically (milk, lemon, plain) and the social differences this displayed - any offers?
I never knew what this meant either - an embroidery skill that has been lost for a long time but is now experiencing a revival.
A fascinating post about syphilis, the pox that plagued 18th and 19th-century life.
The Edwardian Promenade blog serves up a fascinating true account of what it was like to be a maid in a middle class household around the beginning of the 20th century.
"The story of the breaking of Linear B has been called one of the greatest archaeological decipherments of all time..." How ancient Minoan tablets gave modern cryptography its toughest task.
"A little off the top, sir? And perhaps we'd better see to that leg wound and that rotten tooth while we're at it." Hairdressing used to be a far more, um, varied profession.
How Napoleon (who is warmly dressed, please note) froze his troops in Russia.
They really had a turn of phrase when describing illness back then. "It begins with Tensions, and windy Inflations of the Stomach and Intestines..." and ends with leeches on the...well, read it and find out.
Racism (or lack of) in Victorian Britain.
There's a plug for a book in this, but I thought the article was pretty interesting. Why did a suffragette attack this painting with a meat cleaver?
Smelly and inefficient, evidently.
"In addition to being the most important female medical practitioners, midwives were central to the maintenance of law and order, as they investigated cases, questioned suspects, and examined condemned women to ensure that no pregnant women were executed."
Becoming fashionable in Gilded Age New York was evidently not an endeavor for the faint-hearted.
A post that could do with some editing, but the story is a fascinating glimpse of attitudes toward brain-related illnesses in the 19th century.
Dirty rivers, prison marriages and the high cost of prison food...
A personal history...a glimpse into the life of T.S. Eliot through his letters.
The re-Christianization of Britain in the 600s AD is a period that's always fascinated me.
Some notes (and reference links) about the problem of cleaning clothes.
When divorce was impossible to obtain legally, people got inventive.
A fascinating story and also a wonderful misplaced modifier:
"Ignored for three decades, code experts are now trying to decrypt the secret message."
Who ignored the code experts for so long, and why?
Since moving to the Midwest with its cold cold winters fleas have not been a problem, but in warmer Europe they are easily brought in by animals. And boy, can they infest a house. Here are some historical remedies.