Monthly Archives: April 2015

Early Political History of England: The West Saxons

Under King Offa, the Mercians defeated the Northumbrians, but the Mercian rule lasted only as long Offa remained in control. The Mercians were replaced by a line of West Saxon kings, including Ine (688-725); Egbert (802 -839), and Alfred the Great … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – The Letter “R”

Regency Era Lexicon – “R” Is Next on Our List R. A. – member of the Royal Academy, which was founded by George III Radcliffe, Ann – was an English author, and a pioneer of the Gothic novel. Her style … Continue reading

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Sir Walter Scott, the Historical Romance, and the Creation of a National Identity – Part I

Walter Scott was the first great writer to recognize the potential of historical romance as a “dramatic narration of national history, a modern commercial equivalent of the old national epic. Scott’s Waverley novels started out as the romance of Scotland, … Continue reading

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Inspired by Jane Tea Collection

Recently, a fellow Charlottean (a person living in Charlotte, NC) approached me with a product she distributed. This woman, Sara Thomas, recognized my love of all things Jane Austen. Ms. Thomas offered me a free canister of one of her … Continue reading

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What is a Perpetual Curacy?

According to The Law Dictionary, a perpetual curacy is  “the office of a curate in a parish where there is no spiritual rector or vicar, but where a clerk (curate) is appointed to officiate there by the impropriator. 2 Burn. … Continue reading

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Early Political History of England: The Roman Occupation

The Romans brought Christianity and other Oriental religions to the England. They also insisted upon the building of roads and the establishment of city sites, which was the first glimmers of “civilization.” However, we cannot think that the native people … Continue reading

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Regency Era Lexicon – The Letters “P” and “Q”

Regency Era Lexicon – The Letters “P” and “Q” packet – a ship carrying mail (and occasionally passengers) along a regularly defined route packman – a peddler of ladies’ goods (linen and cotton) paddock – a horse pasture page – … Continue reading

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One Calamity Solves Another: The Great Plague of 1665 and the Great Fire in London in 1666

The Great Plague of 1665 stands out as an important event in medical history. The Great Plague was not the first time England knew the disease. In 1580, the Lord Mayor of London complained publicly of the number of burials … Continue reading

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Calomel: A Poison Once the Standard for Medical Treatment

Many of you who follow this blog are parents and grandparents. Are we not glad that this medicine is no longer a part of our children’s teething issues? Read on… From Evidence Based Science we learn that Calomel was once considered standard medicine. It … Continue reading

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Do You Have the Time to Learn More of Horology?

From Wikipedia, we are given this definition of “horology.”  “Horology (via Latin horologium from Greek ὡρολόγιον, from ὥρα hṓra “hour; time” and -o- interfix and suffix -logy; lit. “the study of time”) is the art or science of measuring time. Clocks, … Continue reading

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