5 Creepy Victorian Fads

Victorian Séance

Victorians became enamoured with the occult, mediums, magic, séances and ghosts to name but a few. Here are 5 creepy things that were popular during the Victorian period.

The most popular boys’ names in Tudor England

What were the most popular names for boys in England during the 16th century? In his book Names and Naming Patterns in England 1538-1700, Scott Smith-Bannister looked at the records of tens of thousands of names to answer this question.

The most popular girls’ names in Tudor England

Portrait of Elizabeth Knollys, Lady Leighton (b. 15 June 1549, maid of honor early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth

What were the most popular names for girls in England during the 16th century?

Places to See: Hogarth House

Looking for a place to visit while in London but don’t have a lot of time? Visit Hogarth House. The home of famed English satirist, painter and engraver, William Hogarth.

BOOK REVIEW: The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

My review of the fantastic new thriller by Antonia Hodgson: The Devil in the Marshalsea.

Never the Twain Shall Part: A Comparison and Analysis of Irish and English Marriage Laws Following the English Conquest of Ireland

tudor marriage

The expansion of English rule into Ireland during the reign of the Tudors has generated a tremendous amount of historical writing. Within this subject, several schools of thought have emerged. One has examined the English invasion in light of the Tudors themselves.

CONFERENCES: Beyond Iconophobia: 'Decorative' art and the visual culture of Early Modern England

The following piece is my summary of a brilliant paper given by Tara Hamling on at the Institute of Historical Research on art, religion and visual culture in Early Modern England.

Things to See in London: Georgians Revealed – Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain

georgians revealed

The Georgians Revealed exhibit currently running at the British Library until March.

Georgian Christmas: An Eighteenth Century Celebration

georgian christmas

During the Georgian period (1714-1820), it was often incorrectly assumed that Christmas wasn’t celebrated with as much gusto as during the Victorian era. Although traditions, foods and celebrations differed, Christmas was actively commemorated during this period.

CONFERENCES: Bookend Brides – Tudor Queens First and Last

What did it mean to be a queen consort in the 1540s? What did it mean to be a Queen consort at the end of the Middle Ages? Four authors: Linda Porter, Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Joanna Hickson, examine the lives of Catherine of Valois and Catherine Parr.

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