Category Archives: weaponry

Do You Know the Word “Blaginism”?

The word “blaginism” was coined by Soviet officials to mean “selfish exhibitionism.” You see, a pilot named Ivan Blagin caused the Soviets much embarrassment. Let me see if I can summarize what happened. Joseph Stalin wished the Soviets to rule … Continue reading

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December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent, Ending the Last War Between the United States and the UK

On December 24, 1814, British and American diplomates signed the Treaty of Ghent, bringing about an end to the War of 1812, the only war in which America and the United Kingdom took aim at each other. In the War of … Continue reading

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Manton’s Shooting Gallery and the Man Who Changed Weaponry During the Regency

Joseph Manton, who was born in 1766 in Lincolnshire, is considered as an innovative English gunmaker of the late 18th to early 19th Century. His numerous patents and designs changed the gun industry as no one had done previously. Moreover, … 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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Did Edward Oxford Really Shoot Prince Albert?

On Monday of this week, I added a post to the blog regarding Edward Oxford, the man who was the first to make an attempt on Queen Victoria’s life. However, afterwards, I was wondering if Oxford was the one who … Continue reading

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Edward Oxford, the First to Attempt to Assassinate Queen Victoria

There was a total of eight attempts to assassinate Great Britain’s Queen Victoria. The first came at the hands of Edward Oxford, a man who was considered to be a half-wit. On 10 June 1840, Prince Albert and Queen Victoria … Continue reading

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The Arts of Fencing and Dueling, a Guest Post from Rebecca Jamison

This post originally appeared on Austen Authors on 9 March 2018.  For the last several months, I have gone to fencing classes with a group of ninth graders. The instructor told us that fencing has changed very little over the … Continue reading

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Changes in Weaponry at the End of the Regency

This post appeared the last week of September 2015 on Caroline Warfield’s most-excellent blog on historical fiction/fact, but I thought I’d share it here in case some of you missed it. The first seven books of my award-winning “The Realm” … Continue reading

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