Category Archive: 19th century

America’s First Female Detective

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We have featured many ground-breaking women on History Imagined. Their achievements against all odds are something to applaud and emulate. However, there is an often overlooked fact with regard to these women, especially… Continue reading

The Child Star

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Every writer knows that research, vital as it is for a writer of historical fiction, can lead you into a rabbit warren of facts, information, and ideas until you’ve wandered far from your… Continue reading

On Walls and the Great Salt Hedge

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Walls have suited the purposes of authoritarian governments throughout history whether they were built to keep people out (like Hadrian’s Wall) or to keep people in (like the Berlin Wall). Most of them… Continue reading

Color Blind Historical Fiction

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When we began History Imagined, we decided it would lie at the intersection of history and fiction, and many of our posts have covered aspects of history that impact fiction. This one is… Continue reading

City on the Ice

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As the world warms, it is difficult to believe that winters between the 16th and early 19th centuries were so cold the city of London could move commerce and entertainment onto the Thames… Continue reading

History of Christmas Postcards

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When I sat down last week to take care of the most time-consuming and expensive of all my Christmas projects–that of preparing Christmas cards–I wondered how this dying art form got its start.… Continue reading

Caring for Veterans

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…to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address In recent years news of long waits, mismanagement, and even incompetence in… Continue reading

Doomed to Repeat

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Turkey has invaded Syria, and, fearing Russia expansionism, the West intervenes. Sound familiar? That was the situation in 1839. While researching a current work in progress I stumbled on The London Convention of… Continue reading

Of Visions and Dragons

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One of the curses for authors of historical fiction often occurs during the search for details related to our current works-in-progress. We love history and we love research. We are curious about the… Continue reading

From Party Drug to Medical Miracle

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  Persons of a certain age who had surgery as children may remember the anesthesiologist placing a gauze covered wire cage over their noses and mouths. With the cage firmly in place, the… Continue reading