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A random collection of fascinating historical posts
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Women’s Rights and the Battle for Identity

Women’s Rights and the Battle for Identity | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

The husband and wife are one person in law: that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during her marriage...

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A Little Colorful Language--Soldiers

A Little Colorful Language--Soldiers | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
Regency era slang terms for soldiers and military related terms
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This post could almost belong to the Writer's Resource Cupboard - if you're a history writer, that is.

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Regency Social Life: The Public Assembly

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Regency era public balls or public assemblies
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Another great posting from English Historical Fiction Authors. Maria Grace takes us through the etiquette for those dances we always see in Jane Austen adaptations.

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If you think you've had a bad holiday...

If you think you've had a bad holiday... | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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Karen Maitland serves up some hilarious tales about the medieval cruise industry.

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Charles Booth’s Inquiry of London

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Edwardian Promenade
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If you need a detailed look at London life in the late 1800s (complete with color-coded map) this gentleman may be one of your best resources.

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Poison, Politics, and Passion

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I love a good poisoning. My favorite literary death by arsenic is Madame Bovary (self-inflicted, of course!)

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English Historical Fiction Authors: John Wycliffe and the Necessity of Taking Sides in History

English Historical Fiction Authors: John Wycliffe and the Necessity of Taking Sides in History | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
A comparison of sources, medieval and modern, with differing views on the reformer John Wycliffe.
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Not really a curiosity but a good presentation of how historians are not all that different from historical fiction writers.

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Venus and the Vote

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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?

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Midwives, Infanticide, and the Law

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"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."

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Jane Steen's comment, December 5, 2012 10:24 AM
Oh that's so funny - I NEVER get comments on this site! Thanks for paying attention.
Christina Lander's comment, March 3, 2013 9:00 PM
this one is a little confusing however it talks about how midwives are not strictly midwives they do other things as well. such as how they can become in any case involving women.
Jane Steen's comment, March 4, 2013 3:52 AM
That's the beauty of blogs - they can find topics that are a little out of the box.
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Breaking into Gilded Age New York Society

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Becoming fashionable in Gilded Age New York was evidently not an endeavor for the faint-hearted.

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The Tragedy of Jenny Morris

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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.

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AND THE LITTLE MERMAID

HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN AND THE LITTLE MERMAID | History Curiosity | Scoop.it
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I will never look at this story the same way again. 

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On Becoming an Officer and a Gentleman

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A useful essay on the practice of buying commissions and the logic behind it. Invaluable for Jane Austen readers!

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Aesop's Fables and the Bayeux Tapestry

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The possible subtext of the Aesop's Fables in the margins of the Bayeux Tapestry.
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How the makers of the Bayeux Tapestry wove in a popular fable - to subvert the story they were telling?

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Beds and Bugs Through the Centuries

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Some thoughts on beds and bedding - what impressed me is how much WORK it took to keep a bed in good shape. No wonder they needed servants.

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17th Century Trade

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An unexciting title but some interesting details about the change in English eating habits in the 17th century.

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A Resplendent Monument to Henry VIII of England

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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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Musings on the Ancient Roman Mindset

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Caroliine Lawrence explains how in many ways, ancient Romans didn't resemble us in the least.

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The Emperor Invades England

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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.

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Why the English took to Tea

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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?

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Tambour Work

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I never knew what this meant either - an embroidery skill that has been lost for a long time but is now experiencing a revival.

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