Hello my lovelies! I hope you’re all nice and comfortable while you read this, because I’m about to bore you senseless with useless historical details. Why? Because I’m awesome like that.
Research is both the bane of my writing existence and the joy of my nerdy heart. I can’t get every historical detail right, but I sure can have fun trying. History is full of all sorts of interesting (boring) tidbits that catch my eye. Here’s a few from primary sources that I thought you might enjoy. Or not. 🙂
Yes, a land steward must be concerned with the cross-breeding of turnips, as Swedish turnips are inferior in succulence and size to the English turnip.
~ The Modern Land Steward by John Lawrence, 1806, Second Edition, p. 470
In 1813, a novel was published called “She Thinks For Herself”. I can’t help but wonder who wrote it and what it was about. I did find a primary source critical review of it, and the novel appears to be written by an “old maid” of forty. I didn’t read the review, however. I’d rather guess at the contents! ~ The Universal Magazine of Knowledge, 1813
After the shipwreck of the brig Rattlesnake, 18 people were reported dead. However, it was later discovered that they had lived, trapped in the forecastle in chin deep water. But the most interesting aspect was that a young boy had been with them. The men had held him up so that his head was above the surface of the water for four hours, because they were “determined that so long as they lived he should not perish.” ~ The Universal Magazine of Knowledge, 1813
Yes, your Regency hero can say “kiss mine a-se”. Also, the part of the bread that touched the oven is called a “kissing crust.” ~ Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, by Francis Grose, 1823
A good natured kiss can have a bad effect. Beware! ~ The Mirror of Graces, by A Lady of Distinction, 1811
And last but not least, (1) I wish I had this dress, and (2) I wish the picture were in color. The top layer is white gauze with small pink dots!