My first full year of blogging was accomplished in 2014. It was also a great year for some fabulous posts. As Christmas gift to all my readers, here is a list by month of some of the posts I enjoyed the most during 2014. These posts include such topics as puzzles, a fire, a witch, carousing gents, pirate love, a library, falsies, skipping, carriages, ghosts, Georgian houses, and legends.
The new year started off with something I love, puzzles. If you love them too, you’ve got to read John Spilsbury and the First Jigsaw Puzzle, written by Regina Jeffers at “ReginaJeffer’s Blog.”
Fire was a large part of the 1800s and one interesting fire occurred at the Theatre Royal in 1808. The blog, “A Covent Garden Gilflurt’s Guide to Life,” written by Catherine Curzon (Madame Gilflurt) expounds on this interesting event in the blog post Fire at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
If you like reading about murderers, kidnappings, poisonings, suicides, and all sorts of mysteries, one of the best blog is “Strange Company” and one rather upbeat, but interesting post is titled Jane Wenham, the Lucky Witch.
Carousing was something men did in the Regency Era and it didn’t matter if they were married. If you ever wondered how a proper gentleman accomplished his carousing, Emily Brand has provided this post, How to Carouse Like a Proper Regency Gent on her blog “The History of Love.”
Pirates had love lives, and, in the 1700s, two sisters—Marie and Catherine Villard—became mistresses to two New Orleans based pirates, who happened to be brothers, named Pierre and Jean Laffite. This interesting and fascinating story, titled Pirate Consorts: Marie and Catherine Villard, is on Shannon Selin’s website.
If you are interested in libraries, one of the most interesting is the famous chained library in the historic city of Hereford in the Hereford Cathedral. You can learn all about it by reading A Book-Lovers Paradise offered by “English Historical Fiction Authors” and written by Anne O’Brien.
If you think everyone and everything is false today, you may not realize that “falsies” were a part of the Georgian Era and Georgians were busy using all sorts of false things: false rumps, false stomachs, and false calves. To learn more read Bums, Tums, and Downy Calves, a fantastic post written by Sarah Murden at “All Things Georgian.”
Mike Rendell writes some interesting posts on his blog “Georgian Gent,” so it was hard to choose, but one that I found delightful was Skipping Off to the Eighteen Century.
Regency Explorer, offered by Anne Thane is a great blog with some great stories. One I particularly liked was The Carriage to Pemberly, and if you’re into carriages or coaches and a Regency enthusiast, you need to read it.
Body Snatching was an activity popular in England during the late 1700 and 1800s. Willow C. Winsham had a great October post if you’re into body snatching. You can find “The ‘Ghost’ of Merry Andrew” on her site, “Britain’s Forgotten Bodysnatchers.”
Rachel Knowles has a blog named “Regency History” and besides her fabulous post on Georgina Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire, one of my other favorite posts is the Chatsworth House – Home of the Duke of Devonshire. Learn the house’s history, where it’s located, and its Georgian connections.
If you like the Victorian Era, you won’t want to miss Willow Winsham’s blog, “The Witch, The Weird, and the Wonderful.” The story she wrote for December, “Maggie Wall: Witch or Landmark?” is still debated today. Click here to learn more.
Merry Christmas and wishing you all a Happy New Year. See you in 2015.