Fresh for your weekend browsing - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images, all collected for you via Twitter.
• Seven-year-itch: evidence suggests Henry VIII was considering taking a seventh wife.
• This British temperance bar doesn't serve beer, but you can try blood tonic.
• Anne Mee, 18th c. portrait artist.
• Math, knitting, and feminism: how knitting is being reclaimed in the modern age.
• Image: An entire garden, complete with butterflies, embroidered in silk on this 18thc. gentleman's waistcoat.
• From the 18thc. garden: broccoli and cardoon uncovered.
• George Washington jumping rope and sharing his bed with a black soldier? Maybe not.
• Growing up Duke.
• Fishwives and firestarters: a guide to old Billingsgate.
• An introduction to hairwork.
• Image: A view of Chiswick House gardens with bagnio and domed building alleys, by Pieter Rysbrack, 1729.
• An alternative Japanese Cinderella: the girl with the kneading bowl (not the pearl earring.)
• Gallery of exceptional marbelized papers.
• Twenty-one dresses: a treasure trove of early 20thc. Callot Soeurs dresses. More here.
• Hidden on a downtown Manhattan Street, a small Federal-style house has survived since 1826.
• St. Patrick's Day and green street names in London.
• Image: The Channonier Cordiforme, a French heart-shaped manuscript of music and songs, c. 1470.
• Learn about the over 200 Irish manuscripts in the British Library.
ª "Everyone is badminton mad here!" A sporting craze sweeps 1870s British India.
• The Masonic Female Orphan School of Dublin, Ireland, 1792-1892.
• Seven things you might not know about the Duke of Wellington.
• A real-life Tudor mystery: why did the cook try to poison Bishop John Fisher?
• This 1915 postcard emphasized the femininity of the suffragists.
• Image: A little scary: there IS such a thing as a Samuel Johnson gif.
• View a slideshow of the work of artist Mary Cassatt.
• For the next time you watch Outlander - here's a recipe for 18th c. shortbread.
• Founded in 1889, the Thirteen Club aimed to end superstition.
• "Ranked among the incurables": a late 19th c. brotherly warning.
• Image: Awesome faces: Scottish beards in the Crimea.
• "Bring beauty into your bathroom": a stylish 1930s vanity.
• Gervase Thompson: a most unfortunate death, 1781. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.