The Lazy Historian

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History, but without the boring parts. Mostly Western European and women's history but anything fascinating.
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Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to who played a major role in provoking the French Revolution. This biography of Marie Antoinette provides detailed information about her childhood and life

Marie Antoinette’s Scandalous Portrait

Marie Antoinette was the Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to who played a major role in provoking the French Revolution. This biography of Marie Antoinette provides detailed information about her childhood and life

Month of Macabre: A History of the Guillotine

Severity of the punishment versus the severity of the crime has always been a hotly debated subject all over the world. The majority of punishments on this - Page 2 of 5

Month of Macabre: The Catacombes of Paris

The Catacombs of Paris, France: The Parisian Catacombs hold approximately 6 million bodies. The space spans the entire city, full of macabre scenes. It's the city beneath the city.

Month of Macabre: The “From Hell” Letter

Today marks the anniversary of the famous "From Hell" letter, purported to have been sent from Jack the Ripper to George Lusk. Accompanying the letter was a portion of human kidney.

Month of Macabre: The Séance

Photo of a group at a seance, c 1920 by William Hope, “spirit photographer” The information accompanying the spirit album states that the table is levitating - in reality the image of a ghostly arm has been superimposed over the table.

Marie Antoinette Month: Louis XVI

July In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI of France declares war on the Kingdom of Great Britain.

REVIEW: The Private Lives of the Tudors

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman. An enjoyable read if you're interested in the Tudors (they're a bit of an obsession with me).