Monthly Archives: April 2016

Past Impressions of Midhurst

Ramblings 4.  An interesting approach to history is to look at travel journals from the past. This has been my favourite area of research for a few years, as they allow us to appreciate the past through eyewitness accounts. There … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Hedonism

Snippets 67.  Memoirs of a Man of Fashion was published anonymously in three volumes in 1821. The books contain much useful information about the wealthy classes during the early years of the 19th Century. The following anecdote is from the … Continue reading

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Haunted Britain in C18th

Creepy History 20. A Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular Superstitions by Francis Grose was published in 1787. The section on popular superstitions reflects on the beliefs of less enlightened “former times”, although Grose does note that a great “number … Continue reading

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Slang in the 1780s

Snippets 66.  Francis Grose (1731-1791) was a noted antiquarian who wrote a series of books about medieval antiquities. Financial difficulties inspired him to branch out into other areas of writing, and his first such publication was A Classical Dictionary of … Continue reading

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The Rogue Tram Conductor

Snippets 65. Charles Marriott (1869-1957) was a writer of fiction with five novels to his name by the time he travelled to Spain and wrote about his experiences there in 1908. A Spanish Holiday is a travel journal detailing his … Continue reading

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The 18th Century Robot

Snippets 64.  Hungarian inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen exhibited something quite astonished for the first time in 1770: a robotic chess player. “The Turk” was a life-size human head and torso, which sat behind a cabinet to play chess against its … Continue reading

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An Encounter with Liszt

Snippets 63. Percy Hetherington Fitzgerald was a biographer and author, who contributed to Household Words, his friend Charles Dickens’s magazine, and wrote several books about theatre, opera and history. He was also a sculptor, and his bust of Dickens can … Continue reading

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