Monthly Archives: December 2015

BizarreVictoria Update

Hi, all! Just a quick note to say that I’m probably going to take a short break from blogging over Christmas. Probably no more than a week. Just long enough for me to eat all the Reese’s Treeses, hook a gin … Continue reading

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Bad “Christmas Carol” Covers

It’s Christmas soon, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than to gather your loved ones close, pick up Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and then ridicule the shit out of some of its covers. Most of you … Continue reading

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Apologizing to Servants

Another really quick one today, as I wrap up E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. What do you do if you, as an aristocrat, have been rude to one of your members of staff or blamed them for something wrongly? … Continue reading

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No Tea For Servants

Just a quick one today. I got the following story from E.S. Turner’s What The Butler Saw. I know that tea was a highly politicized drink in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I remember reading somewhere about various moralistic tracts … Continue reading

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No Servants

I found the following story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. We’ve talked a bit on this blog before about servants needing to be invisible to their employers. This takes it to a new level. “It had always been … Continue reading

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The 5th Duke of Portland, Redux

I found this story in E.S. Turner’s What the Butler Saw. One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was about the 5th Duke of Portland (1800-1879), who epitomised aristocratic eccentricity. He loved privacy to such an … Continue reading

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Corsets and Stays

I found the following information in Karen Bowman’s Corsets and Codpieces: A Social History of Outrageous Fashion (2015) from Pen and Sword Books. Everyone knows the dangers of corsets. The Victorians knew the dangers. I’m not going to talk a … Continue reading

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