Reading Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian”

Reading Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian”

Ruth Goodman is one of my favourite historians. I’ve watched several of her shows and have seen her as a guest on other history programs, and am always impressed by how she tries to live as period-authentic as she can during a project. I don’t have that much commitment to anything! I’ve recently finished her book How to be a Victorian, which I was very excited about. If you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that my favourite part of history are the smaller, everyday moments… (READ MORE)

Etiquette of morning calls and visits of ceremony

Etiquette of morning calls and visits of ceremony

One of the reasons I love reading Victorian/Regency novels is that I get a glimpse of the everyday rituals, strange to us now, that were so important to the people performing them. One of those rituals that always seemed at once charming and terrifying to me was the obligation of the morning call 0r social visit. So much seemed to hinge on those visits! For example, from Jane Austen’s Persuasion: “Where shall we go?” said [Mary], when they were ready. “I suppose you will not like to… (READ MORE)

A visit to Fort George

A few weeks ago, I visited Fort George during a day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. I’ll be honest, I was a little hesitant to go – apparently I’m still a little wary of forts since a class trip to Fort York in grade eight. Teenage ennui and military re-enactments do not go hand-in-hand! However, I took to Fort George better than I did Fort York! My War of 1812 knowledge has, sadly, gotten rusty from lack of use over the years, so I was very interested to read about this particular fort’s… (READ MORE)

2,435 stag heads on the wall . . .

Recently I’ve been watching a British program called Walking Through History. It’s presented by one of the hosts of Time Team, but it’s quite a different kind of show. Here, the focus is hiking and walking through historical places around the UK. It’s a very aspirational thing to watch in the middle of winter! The most recent episode I watched focused on Victoria and Albert’s love of the Scottish Highlands. It was all lovely and interesting, but what really struck me was this little fact about Mar Lodge… (READ MORE)