Monthly Archives: January 2015

“Henceforth We Do Not Speak”

I found this story in Pamela Horn's historical academic text Ladies of the Manor. Aristocrats in the Victorian era always lived by slightly different rules when it came to their marriages. While adultery certainly wasn't encouraged, it was often tolerated … Continue reading

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Ishbel Gordon

I have this friend from the Gordon clan (I've talked about him a bit on the blog before) whose grandfather was the Marquis of Aberdeen. And when you are that high up in the aristocracy, you know your ancestors have … Continue reading

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Lillie Langtry is a Filthy Beast

This is one of those stories that floats around Victorianist circles, and I can't remember exactly where I heard it. I should also state that this is completely unproven, but I don't really give a crap if it never happened. … Continue reading

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Death in the Family

I'm reading this book for some PhD research right now called Ladies of the Manor by Pamela Horn (1991).The book discusses the realities faced by aristocratic women in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The below is from the section dedicated … Continue reading

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Blindfolded Wheel Rolling

I found today's utterly pointless story on Futility Closet here. The original source was Curiosities for the Ingenious (1825). The excerpt reads: "Dennis Hendrick, a stone mason, sometime ago, for a wager of ten guineas, walked from the Exchange in … Continue reading

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Telephone Face

I found this story on the Mrs. Daffodil Digresses blog here. "Telephone Face" is exemplified in the illustration of the man below. “'What’s the matter with that man?' said the Observer, repeating his friend’s interrogation, as they passed a pedestrian … Continue reading

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Early 19th-Century Superstitions

I found this story on the "History of the 18th and 19th Centuries" blog here. A list of primary sources can be found at the bottom of this post. While their blog post goes into far more depth and is … Continue reading

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Fanny Adams

This is a MESSED UP story, so if you have any issues with serial killers or violence towards children, this is your trigger warning. I'd heard about this story numerous times (it's one of those sensation things that's always floating … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual

I have another 'animals weirdly being involved in law' post! I found this story on Futility Closet here. The original source was The Percy Anecdotes, 1821. It depicts an account of a torture and execution by elephant at Baroda, India, … Continue reading

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Dumb Witness

A very brief one today. I found the following story on Futility Closet's blog here. The original source was William Jones's Credulities Past and Present, 1880. In this excerpt, Jones discusses an unusual law that, as far as he is … Continue reading

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