Tag Archives: weirdness

Guiseppe Mezzofanti

I first found this story in the New Yorker here. The article is about hyperpolyglots, or people who speak at least eleven languages (the general definition of a polyglot is someone who speaks at least five languages). One of history’s most remarkable hyperpolyglots … Continue reading

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Rukhmabai

I found this story in Eric Berkowitz’s Sex & Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2013). All quotations are from that book. “Rukhmabai, the daughter of an educated Hindu family, had been married off to Dadaji Bhikaji (variously described in the … Continue reading

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The Vicomtesse Greffulhe

I found a really interesting article in the June 2018 issue of American Vogue about the French fin de siecle author Marcel Proust (article called “Marcel’s Muses”). I’m going to do a post on each of the three real-life muses that … Continue reading

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Malinda Russell

I’ve been way behind on my Vogues lately, but the US June 2018 Vogue had some killer Victorianist stuff in it, so the next few posts are going to be from that issue. God, I’m so fancy. Anyway, it was in their … Continue reading

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The Beggar’s Benison

I’ve just read Eric Berkowitz’s fabulous Sex and Punishment: 4000 Years of Judging Desire (2012), and found this rather magnificent passage in his section on masturbation in the eighteenth century. All quotations are from his text, but I’ve supplemented it with … Continue reading

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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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