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A random collection of fascinating historical posts
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What's in a name?

What's in a name? | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Maud and Matilda: different names, same person. And that leads H.M. Castor to some other thoughts about names.

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Edith Wharton & Autumn in the Berkshires

Edith Wharton & Autumn in the Berkshires | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

How the other half lived in late 19th century New York. With bibliography!

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The Haut and Bas of it: Two Renaissance Virtuosi in Ferrara

The Haut and Bas of it:  Two Renaissance Virtuosi in Ferrara | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

I'm a musical ignoramus but I just learned what a shawm is...

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BLOODLINES

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Fascinated article which connects Lippizzaner horses, Mendelian theory, and the Nazis. How scary is that picture of Tito?

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A Seer, A Prophet, or a Witch?

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Women scholars in the Middle Ages? Yes, it did happen. Naturally people thought there was something wrong with them.

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The Extraordinary Clandestine Activities of a Nineteenth Century Diplomat

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A real-life Scarlet Pimpernel! And I'd never heard of him till today.

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Edwardian Cocktails

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I'm posting this on a Wednesday, and without revealing details of my private life I think I can confirm I'm looking forward to Happy Hour (6 pm on Friday) already.

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The History Girls: The Flying Monk, and Other Aerial Characters

The History Girls: The Flying Monk, and Other Aerial Characters | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Death by tiger, a hanggliding monk and Anglo-Saxon bitching - a nice collection of historical tales.

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The Historical Character I Just Don't Get: Richard Coeur-de-Lion

The Historical Character I Just Don't Get: Richard Coeur-de-Lion | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Why that Errol Flynn movie gives us totally unhistorical info about Robin Hood. Quite apart from making England look like Southern California. 

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The History Girls: Battle Dress by Laurie Graham

The History Girls: Battle Dress by Laurie Graham | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

Horatio Nelson's breeches! Aye aye captain...

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Anno Domini and the Venerable Bede

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A historical explanation of the Anno Domini system of dating and how the Venerable Bede made it common usage.
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The Duchess’ Downfall: Eleanor Cobham

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The rise and fall of the Duchess of Gloucester in the 15th century; she almost became queen of England, but ended her life in (relative) poverty.

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The Impossibility of Dressing on £1000 a year

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Being a society woman in the early 1900s took some serious planning.

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Divorce Colonies in Gilded Age America

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I always tend to think of quickie divorces as a modern invention. Not so...

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Relic in the Valley

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If I ever get to Wales on one of my UK visits, I want to go see this church. It's striking that so many of the UK's hidden gems would not be there but for the Christian faith.

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A Royal Love Story-Richard II and Anne of Bohemia

A Royal Love Story-Richard II and Anne of Bohemia | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

The gem, the little gold nugget, of this piece is the rationale behind the introduction of sidesaddles. But there's much more of interest in this piece about Richard II and his wives.

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Fat Prince George : Portrait of a Regent

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Where would all those Regency novels be without the Regent? I say "cheers!" to Fat Prince G.

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Mother Mourning: Childbed Fever in Tudor Times

Mother Mourning: Childbed Fever in Tudor Times | History Curiosity | Scoop.it

A nasty subject, but a common fact of life until doctors figured out the whole germ thing.

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