elegance of history blog: History geek, avid reader and art lover. Here you will find random bits of history, book reviews and musings on art, literature, manners, life, music and anything else that interests me.
Hello everyone, today I’m reviewing three history books, including a wonderful little one for children, and a biography of a famous architect. Enjoy! Dressed for War: Uniform, Civilian Clothing & Trappings, 1914 to 1918 by Nina Edwards Fashion is often considered silly and superficial. It can seem even more so during a time of war.
Hello everyone, today it’s all about history. Up for review are two historical novels, one about Anna Storace and the other about Elizabeth Boleyn née Howard, and an essay about the relationship between England and Germany before World War I. Enjoy! Englanders And Huns: How Five Decades of Enmity Led to the First World War
On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Habsburg throne, and his morganatic wife, Sophie, the Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, a Serbian nationalist, in Sarajevo. The tragedy sparked World War I, and yet Franz Ferdinand and Sophie have been relegated to footnotes in history. Greg King and Sue
More book reviews. Enjoy! Mrs Ronnie The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings by Sian EvansA short biography of Margaret Greville, one of the greatest society hostesses of the early 20th century. She rose from obscure origins to become one of the wealthiest heiresses in Britain. Mrs Greville was relentless in her pursuit of the wealthy
Edwardian Promenade has shared an interesting article about London in war-time. To quote: London in war-time is quite a different London, although at the station there were taxis and small boys to carry our luggage. As usual, the first thing to do was to visit the police, and this time, the Consul, too, for we
During World War I, the King and Queen of the Belgians did everything they could to help their people. While King Albert was busy leading his troops into battle, Queen Elizabeth, at the head of the Red Cross, personally took care of the wounded soldiers. Their wounds and sufferings were horrific but the Queen never
Lady Harriet Julia Jephson, an Englishwoman, was living in Germany when World War I broke out. In a short war diary that she kept during that period and which she later published, titled A War-time Journal, Germany 1914 and German Travel Notes, she described the awful situation she found herself in, being unable tor some