Tag Archives: the french

Benjamin Bathurst

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “On Nov. 25, 1809, British diplomat Benjamin Bathurst was preparing to leave the small German town of Perleberg. He stood outside the inn, watching his portmanteau being loaded onto the carriage, … Continue reading

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More Duels

I’ve found a few fun stories about dueling. Enjoy. 1.) English poet Mark Akenside avoided a duel with Counsellor Ballow because one refused to fight in the morning and the other refused to fight in the afternoon. 2.) In 1806, an … Continue reading

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Courtesans: A Miscellany

I’m finishing up my blog posts on nineteenth-century courtesans and realized I have a bunch of shorter stories that aren’t long enough for their own post. So here you go: a random selection. All information and quotations from Susan Griffin’s The … Continue reading

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Geneviève Lantelme

I am continuing my posts about nineteenth-century courtesans from Susan Griffin’s The Book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). The following story is about Genevieve Lantelme (or Lanthelme), who was a French actress, socialite, and courtesan.   In … Continue reading

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Apollonie Sabatier and Baudelaire and Jeanne Duval

I found this fun courtesan story in Susan Griffin’s The book of the Courtesans: A Catalogue of their Virtues (2001). Many of you have probably heard of the French poet Charles Baudelaire, who wrote some scandalous works on sex and death, and … Continue reading

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Victorian Snark Theatre 3000: The Man in the Iron Mask

It’s time for another installment of Victorian Snark Theatre 3000! And this time we’ll be discussing The Man in the Iron Mask (1998). As you guys know, I watch a lot of shitty Victorian-inspired films with my good friend @VictorianMasculinity … 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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