History Repeating

By GeneaGeek | General historical tidbits that I found interesting.

How to do afternoon tea like the Victorians

Tiny cakes and sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buttered toast and a pot of tea – what could be more English? But how, when and why did the ritual …

21 Maps That Will Change How You Think About Britain

From 5,500BC to how you commute to work today.

Maps

‘I am not very well I feel nearly mad when I think of you’: Male Jealousy, Murder and Broadmoor in Late-Victorian Britain

This article compares the representations of jealousy in popular culture, medical and legal literature, and in the trials and diagnoses of men who …

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: Getting to the Roots of Pubic Hair

One of the best (and scariest) things about Twitter is the instant feedback. I have posted all kinds of historical titbits, which have led to some …

7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Roman women

1) Breast is best? Roman doctors thought so, but mothers weren’t convinced<p>Wealthy Roman women did not usually breastfeed their own children. Instead, …

Women's News

Letters discovery bring to life Jane Austen's Winchester

A WINCHESTER author has turned the spotlight on the period of Jane Austen for his latest book.<p>Barry Shurlock is a well-known local historian, who has …

Literature

How Scottish history inspired Game of Thrones

THE Iron Throne is to be given a tartan trim. The Scottish inspiration behind Game of Thrones, the best-selling series of fantasy novels adapted into …

Game of Thrones

Amusements of Old London: Clubs and Coffee-houses

<i>“… an attempt to survey the amusements of Londoners during a period which began… with the Restoration of King Charles the Second and ended with the</i> …

London

10 Medieval Women You Should Know More About

Here are ten medieval women whose fascinating contributions deserve more recognition.

A Grim View Inside Newgate Prison in the 1890s

29-May-2012<p>29-May-2012 0:00<p>in General<p>by Admin<p>There are very few photos of Newgate prison on the net. The most commonly reproduced ones come from a …

Prison

Diary of 18th century sailor provides fascinating insight into life below decks in Nelson's navy

A unique record of the British navy between 1790 and 1833 that was compiled by a sailor has emerged in the US.<p>The diary of George Hodge shows the …

Some early 19th-century prison escapes

In 2015 I wrote about the 1816 escape of six prisoners from Newgate in 1816 (they knotted blankets together) and also of the daring exploits of bank …

Crime

Photos of historical England 'challenge Downton Abbey myth'

Images of 19th and 20th-century England show reality of rotting houses and poverty as well as grand old buildings<p>Images of factories, schools, universities and civic buildings rising among old streetscapes – but also of rotting houses, barefoot children and faces pinched with poverty – have been …

‘The Foulest Place of Mine Arse is Fairer than thy Face’

On Michaelmas Eve, 1544, two women came to blows in the open street in Winchester.<p>We know who they were. We know the approximate time (two in the …

Feminism

The Forgotten Treehouse Bars of Bygone Summers in Paris

<i>T</i>here was once a place that drew crowds of Parisians away from their grand boulevards and sidewalk cafés to rediscover their inner child, wine & dine …

Paris

This guy used over 80,000 old photographs to create a Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s

OldNY<p>New York City has a long and sprawling history, but looking at the city today, it's hard to tell what it looked like in the past. Luckily, an …

New York Public Library

Dazzling 'Then And Now' Photos Show London's Changing Face

London Then and Now is a wonderful book which takes old photos of London and recreates the scene from the same spot. It's by no means a new idea, but …

London

Fairies, both good and evil, in Irish traditional music and song

Posted 28 January 2013<p><b>Fairies, both good and evil, in Irish traditional music and song</b><p>Belief in the fairy world or a sphere of existence parallel to …

Ireland

The house that time forgot: Mother and sons keep family home frozen in the 1920s for 70 YEARS with original decoration, food and furniture

• The suburban semi-detached house at 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop, was the home of the Straw family, who were grocers<br>• After William Straw senior died …

Violent Rabbit Illustrations Found in the Margins of Medieval Manuscripts

The typical depiction of a rabbit, especially when used in Medieval art and literature, is an image of purity and innocence—a harmless puff of cuddly …

Smithsonian

The Complicated History of One of England's Most Famous Trees

History Today<p><i>This post is in partnership with History Today. The article below was originally published at HistoryToday.com.</i><p>Following his defeat at …

Royal Family

Poor, alone and shipped against their will to the other side of the world: The untold story of Ireland's 'Potato Orphans', the teenagers sent to Australia to be married off to convict settlers

• <b>The 'Potato Orphans' are a largely concealed part of Australia's history</b>• <b><br>Gail Newman was shocked to discover the tragic past of her ancestor</b>• <b><br>Jane</b> …

Where's a Witch to Rest? Chimney Stacks and Witches' Seats.

There is a curious sight that can still be seen today in the Channel Islands: the legendary witches' seat or stone.<p>In evidence in both Jersey and …

How London's Terminal Stations Got Their Names

Blackfriars<p>Following its recent revamp, Blackfriars has become the only station to span the Thames, with entrances on both banks. It's named for a …

London

How Suffragists Used Cookbooks As A Recipe For Subversion

In the new Meryl Streep period movie <i>Suffragette</i>, Englishwomen march on the streets, smash shop windows and stage sit-ins to demand the vote. Less well-known is that across the pond, a less cinematic resistance was being staged via that most humble vehicle: the cookbook.<p>Between 1886, when the first …

Cookbooks

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New Piece of a 2,200-Year-Old Roman Puzzle Emerges, Bringing Together Ancient Map of Rome

Maps are a useful modern tool, telling us how to get places, showing us where borders lie, and illustrating the distance between two places. While …

A Pauper's History of England

The author has produced a very novel alternative history. It is a powerful and serious subject but it includes humour and irreverence. An engaging …

History