We all know about the eighteenth century gin craze: how men and women of ‘the lower orders’ got completely rat-arsed. As Hogarth put in his… Read More »Gin – definitely ‘mother’s ruin’ as far as Judith Defour was concerned.
Women in History
Thumbing through back numbers of the Gentleman’s Magazine as one does, (preferably online via the Hathi Trust Digital Library here ) I came across the… Read More »Time once more to remember Phoebe Hessel (1713 – 1821) – a long and varied life.
It is some years since I applied to my Member of Parliament for a ticket to enable me to sit in the Strangers Gallery (now… Read More »Strangers in the House (of Commons, that is).
On 29 December 1815 a sad young girl died in Paris, thousands of miles from her South African homeland. She was just 25 years old,… Read More »Saartjie Baartman – a reminder of a tragic life – and death – two hundred years ago today.
The trial of the Duchess of Kingston (born Elizabeth Chudleigh in 1721) for the crime of bigamy was one of the sensations of the Georgian… Read More »Elizabeth Chudleigh, bigamist, duchess, countess and exhibitionist.
This post owes everything to the information given to me by the award-winning author Lynne Connolly. As ‘Lynne Connolly’ she writes historical romance, and as… Read More »Hester Bateman – an extraordinary woman: a brilliant silversmith, clever in business.