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A random collection of fascinating historical posts
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Brummell and the Drury-Lane Ague…

Brummell and the Drury-Lane Ague… | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

A fascinating post about syphilis, the pox that plagued 18th and 19th-century life. 

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The Life of a Working-Class Girl

The Life of a Working-Class Girl | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

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.

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Cryptography and Linear B

Cryptography and Linear B | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

"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.

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Let's Go A' Barbering

Let's Go A' Barbering | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

"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.

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200 Years Ago Today ~ The Temperature Plummeted and…

200 Years Ago Today ~ The Temperature Plummeted and… | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

How Napoleon (who is warmly dressed, please note) froze his troops in Russia.

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Three Diseases in One Body: Frances, Duchess of Suffolk, Gets Sick

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.

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English Historical Fiction Authors: Feeling a little flushed, dear?- the invention of the flush toilet.

English Historical Fiction Authors: Feeling a little flushed, dear?- the invention of the flush toilet. | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

The endlessly fascinating subject of how we used to deal with our personal waste. 

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WASHING LINEN IN PUBLIC: early modern laundry in a small household

WASHING LINEN IN PUBLIC: early modern laundry in a small household | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Forget kings and queens, this is where history REALLY gets interesting. 

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Vicars and curates and livings…oh my!

Vicars and curates and livings…oh my! | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Where would Regency literature have been without curates? Maria Grace explains the role of these minor clergymen in English country life.

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The Mission of St Augustine

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The re-Christianization of Britain in the 600s AD is a period that's always fascinated me.

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Ashes, Tallow and Turpentine: Coming Clean in the Regency Era

Ashes, Tallow and Turpentine: Coming Clean in the Regency Era | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Some notes (and reference links) about the problem of cleaning clothes.

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Remains Of World War II Military Pigeon Ignites Code Mystery

Remains Of World War II Military Pigeon Ignites Code Mystery | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

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? 

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FLEAS

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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.

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Travel Through 2,000 Years of Paris' History With Interactive 3D Model

Travel Through 2,000 Years of Paris' History With Interactive 3D Model | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

A useful resource for authors!

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The Century of the Poppy: Opium in Nineteenth-Century America by P. B. Ryan | Historical Fiction eBooks

The Century of the Poppy: Opium in Nineteenth-Century America by P. B. Ryan | Historical Fiction eBooks | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

The "dark and deadly shadow" of opium in America.

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Society in the Edwardian Countryside, from an American POV

Society in the Edwardian Countryside, from an American POV | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Just fascinating. I need to get that book!

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A word about introductions…or do I mean modes of speech?

A word about introductions…or do I mean modes of speech? | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

M.M Bennetts offers helpful advice about how people used to handle names. Because she'd like historical fiction authors to GET IT RIGHT.

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