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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 Maud

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. All quotations are … Continue reading

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Captain Barclay

I found the following story in Matthew Beaumont’s Night Walking (2016). It’s well-known that Charles Dickens was a celebrated walker. He had boundless energy and was a frequent insomniac, so he would often clear his head by walking late at night. … Continue reading

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S is for Strychnine

Today is my last post examining major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am quoting below. Today let’s talk … 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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Gym Class

I got the following story from an episode of QI (series N, episode “Nonsense”). The game of netball is not only a Victorian invention, but also based on a complete misunderstanding. When basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891, Carla … Continue reading

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Hugh Lowther, Lord Lonsdale

A little while ago I did a post on Sir William Don, the aristocratic wastrel who squandered his fortune and had to turn to acting to make ends meet. I was first alerted to his presence by a question on … Continue reading

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