Category Archives: 17th Century

The Ghost Dragon

Creepy History 47.  Happy Halloween from Windows into History! All October we have been looking at quotes from old books about ghosts and other scary things in our Creepy History series.  Let’s take one last look at News from the … Continue reading

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Trees on the Moon

Snippets 102.  One of the very earliest works of what we would now term “science fiction” was the Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon, by Cyrano de Bergerac (yes, he was a real person, not just … Continue reading

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A Chat with a Ghost

Creepy History 21.  In 1681 clergyman Joseph Glanvill wrote Sadducismus Triumphatus, exploring the world of the supernatural, with a particular focus on witches and ghosts. He had a strong belief in this sort of thing, and felt that denying their … 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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The Lady’s New Years Gift, 1688 (Snippets 47)

George Savile, the Marquis of Halifax (1633-1695) was a member of the House of Lords, with a distinguished political career and a few publications under his belt when, in 1688, he departed from his political writings to pen a simple … Continue reading

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Drunken Barnaby (Snippets 32)

Some time during the early 17th Century, poet Richard Braithwait wrote Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England, in Latin poetry.  The original edition is undated but the frontispiece by William Marshall  dates the book to probably somewhere … Continue reading

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Games in the year 1600 (Snippets 25)

In 1600, Samuel Rowlands published one of his earliest collections of poems, under the slightly gruesome title The Letting of Humour’s Blood in the Head-vaine.  He was not a popular poet in his day, but his work has proven valuable … Continue reading

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A strange new drink: tea! (Snippets 22)

The first ever importer of tea into Britain was a London merchant named Thomas Garraway.  In the 1660s, tea began to be a fashionable drink in Britain, thanks to the wife of Charles II, Catherine of Braganza, who was a … Continue reading

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The Winteryest Winter (Snippets 6)

Between 1608 and 1814 London played host to the great “frost fairs”, on occasions when the winters were sufficiently cold for the Thames to freeze over.  The most famous and long-lasting of these was during the winter of 1683-4, widely … Continue reading

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