I mentioned in my recent post on Sati that Queen Victoria outlawed the practice shortly before losing her own husband in December 1861. At the age of 42, Prince Albert passed away after a painful illness stretching more than two years. However, in an eerie prediction of things to come, Albert sensed his time was … Continue reading It Consumed Her, the Grief of Queen Victoria
This is a nice little article to have a nose at if you've got five minutes to kill before bed. 'Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century England' My personal favourite is possibly the oyster opener - because haven't we all just … Continue reading 10 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Off
Hysteria comes from 'hyster' (Greek for uterus). From the phenomenon of the wandering womb believed by the ancient Greeks to hysteria's popularisation in the 19th century, Victorian males were quick to diagnose female hysteria with the emergence of symptoms such as depression, nervousness, erratic behaviour, loss of appetite, insomnia, sexual desire and so on. It … Continue reading Hysterical Females
Why is the devil riding a mouse like one and the same thing? Because it is synonymous. Another little Victorian wordplay courtesy of historytoday.com
"See here, wait, I've found a button in my salad." "That's all right, sir, it's part of the dressing."