Tag Archives: manners

Swinburne and the Monkey

I was chatting to my friend @DrDouglasSmall the other day who brought up a truly odd story I’d never heard before. And I thought I had heard them all (or at least all the ones of this magnitude). So . … Continue reading

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Ward McAllister

I’m reading Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017), and discovered a character from mid-century New York high society I’d never heard of before: Ward McAllister. McAllister had been extremely hunky in his youth, … 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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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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The Finger

Just a quick one today. I found this post on Futility Closet’s blog here. “Here are the Boston Beaneaters and the New York Giants on opening day 1886. “Tempers must have been running high that day — pitcher Old Hoss … Continue reading

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Moustache Guards

The following story originally appeared in the Shields Daily Gazette, 7 June 1867. “I was much struck the other day by a novel and important invention which I saw in a shop window. This was nothing more nor less than a … Continue reading

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Making an Entrance

Way back in the day, I did a ton of posts about famous nineteenth-century courtesans. Well, I’ve discovered another book with even more stories, called The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of Their Virtues (2001) by Susan Griffin. Griffin discusses … Continue reading

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