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HMS Birkenhead

I heard this rather grim story about the 1852 sinking of the HMS Birkenhead off the coast of South Africa. It was one of the first iron-hulled ships built for the British royal navy. It was originally going to be … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Section L

We haven’t had much regency slang lately, so I’ll continue my series! As always, I found this list of on The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Laced Mutton–A … Continue reading

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Stoddart and Conolly

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. “In 1838, as Britain was embarking on its first ill-fated invasion of Afghanistan, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Stoddart was … Continue reading

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Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope

Sorry for the long delay in posting–I was abroad for a while, but I’m back with a whole slew of new stories. I found the following in Barbara Holland’s They Went Whistling (2001). Holland writes, “Lady Hester Lucy Stanhope was born … Continue reading

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Regency Slang – Sections J and K

We haven’t had much regency slang lately, so I’ll continue my series! As always, I found this list of on The Regency Assembly Press, here. I’m only picking a few excerpts, so visit their site for the full list. Jack in … 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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