Monthly Archives: April 2017

Edward Fitzgerald, 7th Duke of Leinster

Do you guys want another story about a debauched aristocrat? Of course you do! I’ve been reading Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), and have discovered the rather remarkable, decadent life of Edward … Continue reading

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Josslyn Victor Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll

I’m reading Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), and boy do I have a fun story for you today. At the end of the book, Scrivens includes an endnote (no. 2, p.349): ‘Edgar … Continue reading

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Herbrand Arthur Russell, 11th Duke of Bedford

I found the following story in Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), p.4. Scriven’s book quite obviously discusses nineteenth- and twentieth-century aristocrats who lived life BIG, spent loads of money, had millions of mistresses, … Continue reading

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Captain Barclay

I found the following story in Matthew Beaumont’s Night Walking (2016). It’s well-known that Charles Dickens was a celebrated walker. He had boundless energy and was a frequent insomniac, so he would often clear his head by walking late at night. … Continue reading

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Tom-Turd-Men

Just a really quick one today. I’m reading Matthew Beaumont’s Night Walking (2016) and found this ridiculous piece of information. The whole book explores who was–or wasn’t–allowed to walk at night in Western culture over the last thousand years or so. … Continue reading

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Courtesans: A Miscellany

I’m finishing up my blog posts on nineteenth-century courtesans and realized I have a bunch of shorter stories that aren’t long enough for their own post. So here you go: a random selection. All information and quotations from Susan Griffin’s The … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Titanic

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Titanic (1997). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friend @VictorianMasculinity (whose blog can … Continue reading

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