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A random collection of fascinating historical posts
Curated by Jane Steen
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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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The Bluffers' Guide to Horses & Carriages (part 1)

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Always wondered what a palfrey was - Thanks Sue Millard.

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The Summer the Allied Monarchs Came to Town...

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The story of a crazy party.

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The Early Medieval Countryside

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How do we know what England looked like in the Middle Ages?

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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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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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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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The Bluffers' Guide to Horses and Carriages (part 2)

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There's a whole lot of useful in this post!

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Were Victorians Obsessed with Death?

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Christine Trent gives a brief overview of Victorian death customs.

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Escape Coffins - The Fear of Being Buried Alive

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Fear of botch burials was much more common before the development of medical devices such as the stethoscope, which became commercially available in about 1852, but in 1846 was hailed by Paris scientists as a “means of preventing premature burials.

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Aaagh! One of my most morbid fears...second only to being cremated alive. Brrrrrrrr....

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16th Century Medical Student Blog – Beloved son, Felix

16th Century Medical Student Blog – Beloved son, Felix | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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A valuable resource.

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