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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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Contains recipes for lotions and potions. If any of you try them, let me know!
The story of a song.
Horatio Nelson's breeches! Aye aye captain...
Some interesting tidbits about capital punishment. I particularly like the story about the younger son who saved himself by hanging Dad and brother. I wonder if he was a teenager?
What did people eat in Georgian-era Bath?
A fun little story involving Christopher Marlowe and (possibly) Shakespeare. Check out the bit about the junk room that turned out to be a Norman chapel and the priceless tapestry found stuffed into a coal-hole.
Evidently, spending years laying out a single gold-leafed page wasn't all it's cracked up to be.
Must really try to use Anointed Sovereign of Sighs and Groans in a sentence.
The Colosseum was built later than most of us think.
History and death! Together! I would love to see this mausoleum.
A useful roundup for history writers...
Wait...March 25 used to be the first day of the new year? And this is the answer to why the tax year starts on April 6 in England? This is why I love history.
A nasty subject, but a common fact of life until doctors figured out the whole germ thing.
Seems like quite a cushy job in many ways...
The Vintage Reader tackles mutton chops and imperials.
Death in the American Civil War.
American government propaganda video highlighting the plight of the 120,000 first, second and third generation Japanese Americans who were interned during WW2 in the wake of Pearl Habour. A fascinating primer if you're interested in this slice of history.
How did people sleep in Colonial days, and how did that give rise to the phrase "sleep tight"?
Was Walter Sickert Jack The Ripper?
OK, yuk. But it's a useful list.
Quote from Hilary Mantel: "Generally speaking, our ancestors were not tolerant, liberal or democratic. Your characters probably did not read the Guardian, and very likely believed in hellfire, beating children and hanging malefactors. Can you live with that?"
A whole bunch of knowledge about how to get your heroine from A to B.
Interesting to note that The Tudors was fairly accurate...I love to see how storytellers rearrange historical fact.
It didn't take me long to realize that if I mentioned a full moon, some anorak would look up the date. So soon I'll be obsessing about the weather in 1879...