Sunday, January 30, 2011

Breakfast Links: Week of January 24, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Now that we've joined Twitter, we're discovering dozens of interesting blogs and sites, news stories and announcements, that delight us as Nerdy History Girls. We're sure you'd enjoy them as well – here's a selection of our favorites from the past week.

• Mr. Darcy: How Colin Firth's triumph has fuelled Jane Austen fever
Death attacks! The Nightingale monument at Westminster Abbey:
• Rare books with beautiful fore-edge paintings. Esp. like all the ice skaters.
• Some we like, some...not so much. Royal wedding dresses from Queen Victoria to 2010.
• Pretty little ring: Souvenir from the wedding of Queen Victoria in 1840
• A heart-breaking letter from a condemned father to his son: Charles I to the future Charles II:
• Excellent online exhibition from British Library: Ephemera: adverts & posters from Victorian Life.
• Society and Scandal in Edwardian England
• A day for doomed lovers. Rare love letter from John Keats to Fanny Brawne up for sale:
• Exciting rediscovery: locket commemorating affair between Lady Hamilton & Lord Nelson:
• An 1844 photograph of Waterloo hero the Duke of Wellington
• Francis Wheatley's lovely "Cries of London" pictures show street vendors of 1785:
• Wonder if these will ever come back in fashion? Spectacular ruffs, 16-17th c.:
• Crimson silk, gold lamé, silver leather & diamanté.Great bespoke shoes from the 1920s:
• Napoleon congratulates Josephine on her (perhaps imaginary?) pregnancy
• Useful for bewildered Americans: How to address a duke:
• More about Victorian-Edwardian gas lighting, so new-fangled in the PBS show “Downton Abbey”:
• A glimpse inside this private club - and it's gorgeous: the Athenaeum, London -
Accents and Dialects of the UK at the British Library. Hear the differences!  


Felicity Flower said...

I enjoy this catching-up each week. Perhaps there are hints here about the Two Nerdy History Girls researching their future books?

Chris Woodyard said...

The Nightingale monument is an extraordinarily chilling work of art. However, there is no need to look very far for the symbolism of Death's dart. While we usually think of Death as armed with a scythe, a spear or dart was an equally common symbol. See

for earlier examples.

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I love this new feature! I always discover something new and exciting that I didn't know.

Lyn S said...

The Saturday Washington Post had an article about the architecture of Highclere Castle.
He details complaints about going back to an older style, but I think it is great that the skill needed to do all the old stonework still exists.

nightsmusic said...

I'm following you! althea preston...that's me. And I love these links, but I have to stop reading every one because they're like little rabbit trails and I end up spending hours reading them. :o) Not a bad pass time at all, but I don't get much done then ;o)

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Glad to hear you're enjoying our weekly "serving" of links! We try to keep them down to less than twenty, but if you're following us on twitter, you know we have many more over there. Ahh, so much history, so little time (especially with both of us with looming deadlines!)

Many thanks to Chris Woodyard and to Lyn S for the additional links. As we just said, never too many....:)

Tonya said...

Love this thank you I will check all of these out I'm sure i'll learn something new as I do each time I visit your blog:)

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