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Gertrude Mahon, Bird of Paradise

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.

Interview With Amalia Carosella, Author Of Helen Of Sparta

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

The Christening Of Albert Edward, Prince Of Wales

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 Herschel, Astronomer & Comet Huntress

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

The Tudor Wife

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

Fashions For 1842

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