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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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Passing the Buck With Syphilis

I found the following bit of information in the book Medicine, Mortality and the Book Trade (eds. Robin Myers and Michael Harris), in Roy Porter's chapter "Reading: A Health Warning". This isn't a specifically Victorian story, but I know perceptions … Continue reading

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Olalla

I read a thing! I read another thing so you don’t have to! I was walking through a bookshop the other day and found a whole series of Victorian novellas and short stories and saw this one called Olalla by … Continue reading

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Coincidence

I found this story on Futility Closet's blog here. "In April 1819 the French slave ship Rodeur set sail for Guadeloupe from the Bight of Biafra with a crew of 22 men and 162 slaves. After 15 days, a disease … Continue reading

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Kissed By 163 Morbid Women

I found this story on @HistoryWeird's blog here. The original source was the Pullman Herald, January 21, 1899. It tells the story of this man, Richmond P. Hobson, who is basically just Ashton Kutcher with great facial hair: Still man-pretty, … Continue reading

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A Fake Nobleman

I found this story on Futility Closet here. "In 1800, robber and housebreaker Pierre Coignard was sentenced to 14 years’ hard labor in the prison at Toulon. After five years he escaped, journeyed to Catalonia, assumed the identity of a … Continue reading

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“The Monk” Fanfiction

In my post from this morning finishing my recap of The Monk, I challenged my readers to write me fan fiction about my favorite character, Rosario/Matilda, that says what happens to her after she leaves Father Ambrosio to his fate … Continue reading

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