Guilty of kidnapping: six months in prison. Guilty of theft: death by hanging.

The Elizabeth Canning case is a fascinating one now, as it was in the 1750s: abduction, theft, violence, perjury, racism, maidenly virtue under assault, judicial and media infighting, politicians using current events to advance their own agendas, and questions that remain unanswered to this day. A full account of the controversy and politics surrounding the … Continue reading Guilty of kidnapping: six months in prison. Guilty of theft: death by hanging.

What the Dickens, Dickens?

Ah, marriage. Those sacred vows to love, honor, and cherish (or, if you were a Victorian female, to love, honor, and obey), until death do us part. My mother always called marriage a promise that two people make, and said that real promises shouldn't be broken, even when it stops being convenient to do so. … Continue reading What the Dickens, Dickens?

That time an elephant walked across the surface of the Thames…

I was originally thinking of starting this blog with a recounting of the Great Stink of 1858, but I decided to go with something a little more seasonal. With Winter Storm Diego expected to dump up to 20 inches (50.8cm) of snow on parts of the southern US today and tonight, I'm in the mood … Continue reading That time an elephant walked across the surface of the Thames…