Tag Archive: books

The Simple Saints

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My previous posts about colorful Victorians have covered a wide range of eccentric entrepreneurs, con artists, and whatnot. Today’s subjects’ eccentricity—if I dare call it that—consisted in dogged devotion to religion and unwavering… Continue reading

The Other Notre Dame

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No, not the football one either! The horrible fire in Paris made me wonder about the other great cathedrals. There are hundreds of churches named “Our Lady” of something or other in many… Continue reading

Lady Day

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It seemed appropriate that since the first week of April marks the anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I should write about an ongoing struggle for civil rights,… Continue reading

Leesburg, VA’s Dog Money

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While in transit from my old home in Ohio to my new home in North Carolina, I had an occasion to visit Leesburg, VA, where I lived for eight years prior to moving… Continue reading

London’s First Professional Police Force

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While scanning Amazon Prime offerings one evening, I had a rare experience. I came across a BBC series I had not previously viewed. I Googled the title and read that it was well… Continue reading

The Pastry Chef

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As England slipped from the Georgian era into the Victorian and the sun no longer set on the British Empire, the country produced a bumper crop of interesting people: rogues, villains, explorers, heroes,… Continue reading

Diversity in Upper Canada

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My grandmother is Ojibwa, my father was French, and my husband was a Scot. You can despise whichever one of those your English heart chooses, or all of them, but I am not… Continue reading

The King’s Daughters

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Every once in a while someone with a passion for history and a love of good story telling comes across a historical figure, movement, or event that makes them sit up and think,… Continue reading