Monthly Archives: November 2018

Albert Young’s Threat Toward and Arthur O’Connor’s Attempt to Kill Queen Victoria

It was twenty-two years after Robert Pate’s ill-fated attempt to kill Queen Victoria before another attempt was made against her. According to Raymond Lamont-Brown in How Fat Was Henry VIII (The History Press, 2009, page 149) Albert Young’s threat against … Continue reading

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Anna Larpent, 18th Century Diarist and Lover of Plays

An 18th Century diarist, Anna Larpent’s diary gives a look into Georgian life. She was the daughter of a diplomat. She served as the de facto assistant Examiner of Plays during her time. At age 18, Larpent pulished a 32-page … Continue reading

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In History, “False Teeth” Were Not So False

  What we refer to as “false” teeth are not false, for most dentures in history contained real teeth, either from an other human or from an animal. Some of the oldest finding regarding false teeth come to us from Mexico. … Continue reading

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Robert Pate Strikes Queen Victoria with His Cane, but Does Not Kill Her

A little over two years passed after William Hamilton’s attempt to assassinate Queen Victoria on 19 June 1849, before Robert Pate made his attempt on 27 June 1850. Born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, on Christmas Day 1819, Pate came from a … Continue reading

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Announcing the Winners of Jennifer Redlarczyk’s “A Holiday to Remember” Giveaway

    Jennifer and I are happy to announce that Mary Olson and Laura Capio are the recipients of an eBook copy of Ms. Redlarczyk’s A Holiday to Remember. Congratulations, Ladies. Jen will be in contact to deliver the eBook. … Continue reading

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William Strickland, the Man Who Introduced Turkeys to England

Tomorrow in the U.S., we will be all about the turkey and fixings and football and preparing for Black Friday sales, but in the U.K., turkeys are a more traditional dish for Christmas. Why might you ask? We can blame … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “Follow Your Star Home” with Jude Knight and the Bluestocking Belles

To be a Princess Have you heard the joke about the girl who wanted to be treated like a princess? So her father married her off to a stranger to cement his trade alliance. That’s not the modern view of … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Release of “A Holiday to Remember” from Jennifer Redlarczyk + a Giveaway

  Regina, thank you so much for having me back on Every Woman Dreams with my new book, A Holiday to Remember. This time last year I was giving voice lessons over at Merrillville High School in Indiana when I … Continue reading

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James Lackington: The Man Who Revolutionized Book Stores

In a time when we bemoan the loss of Borders, Waldenbooks, and fear the demise of Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million, it is hard for us to imagine what it must have been like for those who entered “The Dome … Continue reading

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William Hamilton, an Irishman’s Attempt to Kill Queen Victoria

  Thursday, 19 May 1849, William Hamilton, a 22-years-old, orphaned, unemployed Irish bricklayer, fired a pistol at the Queen Victoria, as she drove, yet again, down Constitution hill toward Buckingham Palace. This was shortly after the birth of her seventh child. … Continue reading

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