Monthly Archives: February 2016

Journals 12.2 – Paul Hentzner in England, 1598 (Part 2)

This is the final part of my article about Hentzer’s journal. For the first part, please see the entry posted on 22nd February 2016. Hentzer was able to enjoy the spectacle of the Bartholemew Fair, a tradition dating back to … Continue reading

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The Opportunistic Emperor (Snippets 56)

In 1835 an Autobiography of an Irish Traveller was published anonymously, although the author reveals his identity during the course of the book as Walter Brabazon, from Cork. He met many interesting people during his travels, but one of his … Continue reading

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Journals 12.1 – Paul Hentzner in England, 1598 (Part 1)

For the last couple of weeks we have been looking at England as seen by Foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James the First, a collection of travels journals and extracts from journals, collected and in some cases translated … Continue reading

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Money Slang in the 1850s (Snippets 55)

Last year in Snippets 42 we looked at some slang terms from 1850, a very popular post that sparked off a lot of interest and some readers found quite amusing! So we are long overdue another look at slang from … Continue reading

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Journals 11.2 – England in 1592 (Part 2)

This is the conclusion of my article on the journal of the travels of Frederick, Duke of Württember in England. For the first part please see the entry posted on 8th February 2016. The duke was given an audience with … Continue reading

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The 1860 Joke Book (Snippets 54)

Joke books are not just a modern phenomenon, but look too far back into the past and you will struggle to find any that are at all funny to a modern reader. However, that does not mean that they cannot … Continue reading

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Journals 11.1 – England in 1592 (Part 1)

Windows into History has concentrated principally on 19th Century travel journals so far, but this month we are going to look at something a little bit different, England as seen by Foreigners in the days of Elizabeth and James the … Continue reading

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