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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Missy

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am going to do a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Sophie

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am going to do a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. Today we will … Continue reading

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Blanche d’Antigny

I’ve been reading this book lately called The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues (2001) by Susan Griffin, and through it I discovered the wonderful and weird life of nineteenth-century French courtesan Blanche d’Antigny. Blanche is not … Continue reading

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The Scholomance

In Transylvania (which is an excellent start to any story), there is a legend about a school of black magic run by Satan, called The Scholomance. That sentence alone raises SO MANY QUESTIONS: 1.) Is it a state-run or private … Continue reading

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Field Work

I found this story on Futility Closet here. "In 1891, Robert Baden-Powell wandered the mountains of Dalmatia with a butterfly net and a sketchbook. If he was accosted by one of the forts in the area, he would show his … Continue reading

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Bad Dracula Book Covers

Every now and then, I discover a novel from the 19th century that has had some really questionable book covers. They are surprisingly hard to find. I've done Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and The Moonstone, and had been desperately … Continue reading

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Self-Harm

A friend told me about this (possibly apocryphal) Battle of Karánsebes, a 1788 battle during the Austro-Turk War in which the Austrians attacked their own troops not only once, but twice within about an hour; these two fights cost them … Continue reading

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