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"At the Maggioni Canning Company in Port Royal, South Carolina, children shucked oysters for 4 hours before a half day of school, returning for 3 more hours of work after school."

It's About Time: Children Working

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in 1533,King Henry VIII's newborn daughter by Queen Anne Boleyn,Princess Elizabeth,was christened at Greenwich Palace in the Chapel of Observant Friars.This was a lavish ceremony,planned by King Henry and the rest of the palace,although he did not attend the christening.Elizabeth, only three days old at the time,was processed down a long green carpet from the Great Hall in the palace to the Chapel.She was flanked by her Godparents,Thomas Cranmer and the Duchess of Norfolk...

Gentlemen needed to be distinguished as such, and very definitely in the mode described by Baldassare Castiglione in his 16th century publication the Courtier. He stated; a Gentleman always valued: the feelings of others, by never making them feel inferior, he always behaved perfectly with ease and grace, and experienced joy in the wonders of true love and service of one to the other. Mr Bingley from Pride and Prejudice seems to have fitted this profile.

Great Sale of Slaves

Mary Smith earned sixpence a week shooting dried peas at sleeping workers windows. A Knocker-up (sometimes known as a knocker-upper) was a profession in England and Ireland that started during and lasted well into the Industrial Revolution and at least as late as the 1920s, before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. A knocker-up’s job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. Generally the job was carried out by elderly men and women. Read on...

My Kin: Catherine Howard was beheaded with a single stroke, and her body was buried in an unmarked grave in the nearby chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where the bodies of her cousins, Anne and George Boleyn, also lay Francis I of France wrote a letter to Henry, regretting the "lewd and naughty behaviour of the Queen" and advising him that "the lightness of women cannot bend the honour of men".

Creepy: King Henry IV’s partially preserved head, which was separated from its body during the French Revolution, when monarchs’ graves were desecrated. You can read more about it here as well.

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies (photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862) Born into a royal West African dynasty, orphaned in 1848 at around five years old, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She cries out to become a character in a better story than real history affords her...