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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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Lonelyhearts

I first got the idea for this post when I saw Bob Nicholson’s post on Twitter here. It amused me so much that I thought I’d do my own collection of ridiculous matrimonial advertisements over the years. For those who … Continue reading

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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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It’s Raining Men

I found this story on Mrs. Daffodil Digresses here. The original source was the Auckland [NZ] Star, 16 April 1926: p. 3. “A fantastic ‘Imperial secret’ that had its inception on a New York farm, and its conclusion in the courts of the Romanoffs, … Continue reading

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George Bowes

I found the following story in Wendy Moore’s book Wedlock (2009). This story is set a bit earlier than my normal focus (set in the early eighteenth century, instead of the long nineteenth), but it was too weird a tale not to … Continue reading

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H is for Hemlock

I’m continuing my examination of major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. A new one every Monday! These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am … Continue reading

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Bad “Turn of the Screw” Book Covers

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN THAT’S RIGHT TIME FOR BAD BOOK COVERS And today we’re going to look at Henry James’s 1898 maybe-ghost story novella, The Turn of the Screw. This post was inspired by a single cover, sent to me … Continue reading

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