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The word ‘folklore’, was coined in 1846 by the British writer and editor of Notes and Queries, W. J. Thoms. Prior to this local ..read more
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It is with great excitement that I introduce my next book A Museum Miscellany — the final instalment of my miscellany trilogy (see here ..read more
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In 1851 the census exposed the bald truth that there was an excess of 500,000 women in Britain. Not only this, but the statistics also ..read more
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Humans have always looked for certainty in life, after all it’s reassuring to know what the future might bring. As a result throughout ..read more
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The creative urge is seen as something that can’t be ignored, and yet over the years a number of hugely talented writers and artists have ..read more
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I just finished reading Henry James’ Daisy Miller (1878) and once I’d finished the story itself I flicked on to read the appended essay ..read more
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I was delighted and pleasantly surprised to find that my nonfictioness blog had been included in Feedspot’s Top 25 Nonfiction Blogs. ..read more
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Having recently been studying Victorians and the culture of death, I have been reflecting on how many of the traditions and superstitions ..read more
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William Makepeace Thackeray was one of Charlotte Brontë’s literary heroes. In 1848 she dedicated the second edition of Jane Eyre to him ..read more
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On 14 July 1789, in what would become a defining moment of the French Revolution, Parisians stormed the Bastille prison – a symbol of the ..read more

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