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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 Missy

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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Lonelyhearts

I first got the idea for this post when I saw Bob Nicholson’s post on Twitter here. It amused me so much that I thought I’d do my own collection of ridiculous matrimonial advertisements over the years. For those who … Continue reading

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Edward Fitzgerald, 7th Duke of Leinster

Do you guys want another story about a debauched aristocrat? Of course you do! I’ve been reading Marcus Scriven’s Splendour & Squalor: The Disgrace and Disintegration of Three Aristocratic Dynasties (2009), and have discovered the rather remarkable, decadent life of Edward … Continue reading

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George Bowes

I found the following story in Wendy Moore’s book Wedlock (2009). This story is set a bit earlier than my normal focus (set in the early eighteenth century, instead of the long nineteenth), but it was too weird a tale not to … Continue reading

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A is for Arsenic

For Christmas I got this really fun book called A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (2015). The book walks us through all of the 14 different poisons that Christie used to kill various victims in … Continue reading

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William Pole-Tylney-Long-Wellesley

A while back I wrote a couple of posts about dissipated nineteenth-century aristocrats who squandered family fortunes. These posts were inspired by a thread on the Victoria scholastic forum/listserv at Indiana. A few of the participants suggested the previous aristocrats … Continue reading

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