Tag Archives: dress

The Fashions of Edward VII

I’m currently reading Simon Heffer’s The Age of Decadence: Britain 1880 to 1914, and found the below specifics. All quotations are directly from the book. All monarchs are known for setting a strict tone at their court, be it the pomp … Continue reading

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Félix Carvajal and the 1904 Olympics

I first heard of this story on Knowable here, and it seemed so crazy that I had to check it out for myself. Turns out it was true. Félix de la Caridad Carvajal y Soto, known as Félix Carvajal or Andarín … Continue reading

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Chevalier d’Eon

I first heard about this historical figure on Futility Closet’s blog here. The Chevalier d’Eon (1728-1810), is a great trans historical figure and sounds like an all-around badass. The Chevalier identified as a woman for the last 33 years of … Continue reading

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More Duels

I’ve found a few fun stories about dueling. Enjoy. 1.) English poet Mark Akenside avoided a duel with Counsellor Ballow because one refused to fight in the morning and the other refused to fight in the afternoon. 2.) In 1806, an … 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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Smock Marriages

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “New”). In the eighteenth century in New England, there was a particular type of marriage called a “smock marriage”, in which the bride would attend her wedding completely naked. … Continue reading

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False Ears

Just a really quick one today. This story was originally in the Cambridge Chronicle and Journal, 6 April 1867. “False ears of flesh colour india-rubber have been invented for the use of ladies with large ears. They are used in front … Continue reading

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