Tag: Romancing the Past
Today I’m at Romancing the Past, blogging about why 19th century portraits often depict young boys in dresses, and how you can tell the boys from the girls.
What was a tufthunter, and whose tuft was he hunting? I’m at Romancing the Past today, discussing the social pecking order at Oxford University during the regency.
How did Edinburgh medical man Dr. Robert Knox find his way into a jeering nineteenth-century jump rope rhyme, and why did Dr. Hunter have a young woman in his wicker basket?
With Halloween fast approaching, I’m at Romancing the Past today, discussing the ghastly business of body snatching. Click here to jump to the post.
What did the Earl of Winchilsea say that made the Duke of Wellington challenge him to a duel? I’m at Romancing the Past today, blogging about nasty political disputes of the eighteenth century. Stop by to read about Winchilsea and Wellington, plus why American president Andrew Jackson was the Chuck Norris of his day.
I’m at the Romancing the Past site today, blogging about famous portrait-sitters. Click here to read what was expected of a good portrait artist, including the highly unusual request Oliver Cromwell made of painter Peter Lely.
Or was it that nobody puts Lady Archer in a corner?
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Today I’m at Romancing the Past, blogging about nicknames of the regency. Stop by to learn how Thomas Raikes came to be called Apollo, and why Balloon Foley probably hated his nickname.
I’m blogging today at Romancing the Past about an issue dear to the regency politician-hero of Ruined by Rumor, my Monday release: capital punishment. In Great Britain at the beginning of the nineteenth century, more than 200 different crimes were punishable by death, and many of them were non-violent, even trivial offenses.
And here’s a fun fact: did you know that 177 years after Britain last burned a man at the stake for heresy, it was still burning women? Click here to learn why.