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Rukhmabai

I found this story in Eric Berkowitz’s Sex & Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2013). All quotations are from that book. “Rukhmabai, the daughter of an educated Hindu family, had been married off to Dadaji Bhikaji (variously described in the … Continue reading

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The Petticoat Affair

My good friend leia131 on Livejournal has been posting this really interesting series on the First Ladies of the United States. I’ve been really tempted just to reblog what she wrote, but I think you guys deserve some original content … Continue reading

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The Beggar’s Benison

I’ve just read Eric Berkowitz’s fabulous Sex and Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2012), and found this rather magnificent passage in his section on masturbation in the eighteenth century. All quotations are from his text, but I’ve supplemented it with … Continue reading

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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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