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Sir Alexander “Bukhara” Burnes

After my recent trip to Samarkand, I’m continuing my posts on nineteenth-century Uzbekistan exploits. I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “The dashing captain, Sir Alexander Burnes, FRS (1805-41), cousin of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, joined the East … Continue reading

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The Exile of the Grand Duke Romanov

I recently spent some time in Uzbekistan on a totally weird and delightful work trip, and I have come back bearing lots of fun nineteenth-century tales! I found the following in my Bradt Guide to Uzbekistan. “Cousin of Tsar Nicholas II … Continue reading

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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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Leopold II of Belgium’s Bad Weekend

I found this amusing story from Anne de Courcy’s The Husband Hunters: Social Climbing in London and New York (2017). For those who don’t know Leopold II of Belgium, he was a notoriously cruel imperialism who committed unspeakable atrocities in his … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty long nineteenth century-inspired films with my good friends … Continue reading

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Madam Lou Bunch

I was originally made aware of this nineteenth-century badass woman by @WhoresofYore‘s tweet here. Today we’re going to discuss frontier brothel owner and all-around cool person Madam Lou Bunch. There is, in fact, a holiday dedicated to her (the third … Continue reading

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Winnaretta Singer

To continue my recent series of ‘Badass Women’ posts, today I’d like to talk about Winnaretta Singer: heiress, arts patron, two-time princess, open and unapologetic Victorian lesbian. Oh, and I forgot to add to her bio: fabulous cape-wearer. I’ll just … Continue reading

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