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Warren Hastings: His Life in India and England

By Geri Walton | January 27, 2020

A young Warren Hastings had no reason to hope for wealth when he joined the East India Company (EIC) and sailed to India in 1750 at the age of seventeen. He was nothing more than a clerk. but he worked hard and two years later he earned a promotion and was sent to a major…

Elizabeth Blackwell: First U.S. Female Doctor

By Geri Walton | January 24, 2020

Elizabeth Blackwell was born in 1821, the same year that Napoleon Bonaparte died. Her birth happened on 3 February in Bristol, England, to Samuel Blackwell, a sugar refiner, and his wife Hannah Lane. Elizabeth had two older sisters and would eventually have six younger siblings. Unfortunately, the family fell upon hard times after a fire…

Stories About the French Revolution by Those Who Lived It

By Geri Walton | January 20, 2020

Stories about the French Revolution frequently begin with the fall of the Bastille because it was a pivotal moment that happened on 14 July 1789 when revolutionaries stormed the prison that had once been a fortress. For many of them, the Bastille was a symbol of Louis XVI’s tyranny and monarchical despotism and therefore important…

Allan Pinkerton: Great American Detective and Spy

By Geri Walton | January 17, 2020

Allan Pinkerton was a Scottish-American detective and spy of the 1800s, and while Frenchman Eugene Francois Vidocq is often considered the French Sherlock Holmes and is known to have founded the first private detective agency in 1833, Pinkerton was no less influential in the world of spying. In fact, he established the Pinkerton National Detective…

18th Century Calcutta: Life for the British

By Geri Walton | January 13, 2020

Exactly what British life in 18th century Calcutta was like varied. It was often dependent upon a person’s job or status within the East India Company (EIC). Some Englishmen prospered significantly under the EIC and returned to Britain with great wealth, which allowed them to establish sprawling estates, create lucrative business, and gain political power.

What Marie Antoinette Wore in the Eighteenth Century

By Geri Walton | January 10, 2020

In the eighteenth century everyone talked about what Marie Antoinette wore and she came to be perceived by the French public as a trendsetter in fashion. However, because France began to face economic woes, Frenchmen began to think of her as frivolous and immoral and they ultimately came to despise her labeling her “Madame Deficit,”…

Elizabeth Ross: Convicted Burkeite and Murderess

By Geri Walton | January 6, 2020

Thirty-eight-year-old Elizabeth Ross was the common law wife of fifty-year-old Edward Cook, and therefore, sometimes called Mrs. Cook. The couple lived with their 12-year-old son Edward, known as Ned, in a one room apartment in Goodman’s Yard, where they had recently moved. As the couple knew 84-year-old Caroline Walsh they encouraged her to move nearby.…

Twelve Popular History Posts for 2019

By Geri Walton | January 3, 2020

The year 2019 was a great year. My book, shown on the right, was published on Madame Tussaud through Pen and Sword. I also had some posts that were extremely popular with readers. Here are twelve of them from 2019 in case you missed them:

Christmas Shopping: A Victorian Thought on It

By Geri Walton | December 6, 2019

The Victorian Era involved Christmas shopping during the holiday season, which in turn resulted in newspapers publishing all sorts of articles about shoppers and Christmas gifts. Here is one nineteenth-century person’s version from 1884 and presented here almost verbatim:

British Social Life in India in the 18th Century

By Geri Walton | December 2, 2019

British social life in India during the 18th century was filled with numerous activities for those who worked for the East India Company (EIC). Among the British living in India were many well-to-do bachelors who were senior officials of the EIC. James Mackintosh wrote about them in his Travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa 1771-81…