Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Marquis de Sade, or the “What Was I Thinking?” Adventure

I recently picked up an academic text on the Marquis de Sade as part of some research for my PhD. I tried to prepare myself for the weird kinks and horrific behavior I knew I would read about (I mean, … Continue reading

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Frederick, Prince of Wales, Duke of Negligence, Count of Inconsideration

Going back a bit in time today. Found this story on the BBC series Fit To Rule, episode two. George II of England and his eldest son Frederick, Prince of Wales, absolutely hated each other. It was probably for the … Continue reading

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The Tsavo Lions

What kind of story do you guys fancy today? Something about Victorian imperialism? A mystery? A horror story? HOW ABOUT ALL THREE?

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My New Historical Crush

I first read about this gentleman here. You guys should really check out other historical stories on Futility Closet. They've got some dead interesting ones. Having done a bit of further research, I now present to you Louis Remme: Remme … Continue reading

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Prince Albert and his prince albert

I watched an episode of QI last night ("Inland Revenue") that answered a question I've always wondered about–why is there a piercing named after the Prince Consort? Apparently this is a completely unsubstantiated rumor that got started in the 20th … Continue reading

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“Wanted, Fat Babies”

I found this posted on Twitter by VictorianScot, though he only had the headline and the first sentence. I found an image of the whole article. It's a brief summary of the methods of English crocodile hunters in Ceylon (now … Continue reading

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“Goblin Market”: an X-rated poem . . . for children

Do you guys know "Goblin Market"? THIS POEM BE CRAZY. It is a long narrative poem published in 1862 by Christina Rossetti (sister of the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Dante Gabriel Rossetti). On the surface, it is a mythical story about goblins … Continue reading

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