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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Ena

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

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Sept. 8, 1863, two boys discovered a legless man struggling on the beach at Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia. Coughing violently and suffering from exposure, he appeared to be in his … Continue reading

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Death by Nostalgia

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Noodles”). In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, nostalgia was considered a disease, and was only declassified as a disease (I assume they mean universally? Or perhaps just in the UK … Continue reading

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P is for Phosphorus

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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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 No Nose Club

I first heard of this story in a Telegraph article here. The original sources were the Star (Iss:  1861, 18 Feb 1874)  and The Leeds Times, 18 October 1873. The Victorian era had a hell of a lot of weird clubs … Continue reading

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