Category Archives: Christianity

Offended by the view.

Max of the Month 3.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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Love, Honour and Obey?

Max of the Month 2.  When reading non-fiction books from the 19th Century, one finds no shortage of great writers who have now been largely forgotten. However, occasionally a writer comes to light whose work is so entertaining, and who … Continue reading

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The Clog Almanac

Snippets 164.  An early form of calendar used in England, amongst other countries, was the “clog almanac”.  It was described in detail in The Book of Days (1864) by Robert Chambers, one of the great pioneers of the trivia book.  … Continue reading

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The Rumour-monger

Snippets 139.  In 1854 the American Rev. George Foxcroft Haskins went on a tour of Europe and one of the highlights of his trip was an extended stay in Rome.  Although he had a wonderful time there, he was disappointed … 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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The Great Festival of May

Snippets 68.  A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt was published in 1859.  This charming book contains one chapter per month, each focussing on country life at the relevant time of the year. … Continue reading

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An Easter Snippet

Happy Easter from Windows into History!  The following quote is taken from A Country Book: for the field, the forest, and the fireside by William Howitt, published in 1859.  You can find other quotes from this book in Snippets 38 … Continue reading

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A Christmas Message (Christmas History 24)

Mary Virginia Terhune was a prolific writer of women’s fiction, under the pen name Marion Harland.  She had a remarkably writing career, spanning over 70 years, with her first articles published during her teenage years in the 1840, and her … Continue reading

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Noel in Paris (Christmas History 23)

Uncle John Upon His Travels is a collection of letters written to children from a European tour, published in 1870, and compiled and introduced by “Aunt Esther” (John and Esther Smith).  One of the letters was written from Paris on … Continue reading

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Yule Feasts in Norway (Christmas History 20)

Samuel Laing (1780-1868) was a travel writer from Orkney, Scotland, not to be confused with his son by the same name, who was a noted politician and science writer.  In 1836, Laing Senior’s first travel journal was published, Journal of … Continue reading

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