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Gertrude Mahon, known as the Bird of Paradise, was one of the most infamous prostitutes of the 18th century. Born in 1752, she was the daughter of the Countess of Kerry and her second husband James Tilson, a diplomat. Tilson, who loved the high life, squandered all their money to keep up with the Joneses.
Amalia Carosella fell in love “with old heroes and older gods” while studying Latin. So, she switched her major from Biology to Classical Studies and English, and started writing about her favourite mythological and historical figures. She “particularly enjoys exploring myths that have been overlooked” and give their protagonists the chance to tell their own
As Princess Mary of Teck walked down the aisle to her waiting groom, George, Duke of York, she must have thought about the tragedy that led her to this day, and this union. Mary, the daughter of the Duke of Teck and Princess Mary of Cambridge, a cousin of Queen Victoria, was originally engaged to
Hello everyone, I have some interesting history books to share with you soon, but today let’s talk about a last couple ones about self-help and business. Enjoy! Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work – and Your Life by Scott G. Halford Would you like to harness the full power of
On 25 January 1842, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, was christened. The Magazine Of The Beau Monde described the event thus: On Tuesday last the important event — the christening of a Prince of Wales — which had so long been looked forward
Caroline Lucretia Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet, to receive a salary for her services to science, to be awarded a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and to be named an Honorary Member of that same association! Yet, when she was little, it seemed all she was destined to be
Was George and Jane Boleyn’s marriage really unhappy? Danielle Marchant, author of Tourmens de Mariage, the second book in The Lady Rochford Saga (out on 19th May), dispells the myths: My new novella “Tourmens de Mariage” – which in French means “The Torments of Marriage” – is Part 2 of “The Lady Rochford Saga”, telling
George III loved his children dearly. But, like most parents, he didn’t like how quickly they grew up. He would probably have liked them to remain little forever, and he always treated them like they were. He made sure his heir stayed well away from all political affairs, refusing to teach him the job and
The Britain of the Roman Occupation is little known to us. Archaeology has turned up the remnants of cities and villages, with their monuments and temples, tools and vases, and all the small bits and bobs that their inhabitants daily used. But, when skilfully and arduously put together, they provide only fragmented insights into a
What did fashionable ladies wear in 1842? Here are a few examples: EVENING DRESS Pekin dress. The corsage is made to fit closely to the shape, with a slight slope at the ceinture; the corsage is also embellished at the upper part with a berthe of point lace. The sleeves are laid in close gathers