Tuesday, April 14, 2015

An authentic Medieval Hair style

An Italian medieval hairstyle of 14th Century Siena recreated!

Hairstyles of ancient times are preserved in the era's frescos, paintings, and statues. From these images, the styles can be successfully recreated and recorded. Here is the hairstyle of a woman based on an image in Siena in the year 1328. Fascinating.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wicked Woman - Sarah Wilson - The Princess Imposter

A trusted servant in Queen Charlotte's court, Sarah Wilson ran off with several of the queen's most cherished possessions: a diamond necklace, a painted miniature, and one of her most elegant gowns. 

After hiding the loot, and before she could pawn them off, she was caught and was soon sentenced to death. A last minute reprieve from Queen Charlotte, commuted Sarah's sentence to be banished and sent to America to be sold to colonists there. Even though her new master was kindhearted, Sarah ran away. Still in possession of the stolen goods, she fled to South Carolina. Dressed in the fine gown, with the miniature of Queen Charlotte herself suspended from the diamond necklace, Sarah claimed she was the Marchionesse de Waldegrave - the queen's sister. 

Society clamored for her presence at their lavish dinners and balls and levees at the most opulent mansions in the South. Soon, however, her past caught up with her and she was exposed as an imposter. Sarah fled once more, this time to the North! Incredible how a lowly criminal duped American High Society!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Historical Inventions You Probably Didn’t Know Were Patented by Women

These Brilliant Inventions by Women Changed the World as We Know It

Original article published by Crestleaf.com

10 Incredible Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women
When you think about great inventors, you likely think of men such as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and even Bill Gates. Though these men and others innovated new products that changed our modern lives for the better, they often overshadow brilliant women inventors whose incredible contributions should also be acknowledged and praised. Read more...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Wicked Women: Notorious, Mischievous, and Wayward Ladies from the Old West by Chris Enss

This collection of short, action-filled stories of the Old West’s most egregiously badly behaved female outlaws, gamblers, soiled doves, and other wicked women by award-winning Western history author Chris Enss offers a glimpse into Western Women’s experience that's less sunbonnets and more six-shooters. During the late nineteenth century, while men were settling the new frontier and rushing off to the latest boom towns, women of easy virtue found wicked lives west of the Mississippi when they followed fortune hunters seeking gold and land in an unsettled territory. Prostitutes and female gamblers hoped to capitalize on the vices of the intrepid pioneers. Pulling together stories of ladies caught in the acts of mayhem, distraction, murder, and highway robbery, it will include famous names like Belle Starr and Big Nose Kate, as well as lesser known characters.

Chriss Enss has put together a spectular collection of  colorful, powerful, and debauched bad girls who romped, gambled, whored, robbed, and shot their way through life in America's old west. I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading this book. Complete with pictures, each woman's story is told with a startling, fresh, to-the-point prose. Mincing no words, the colorful life of each woman is brilliantly portrayed. What truly impressed me is the amount of research and digging the author had to do to uncover details and facts of the lives portrayed. Loved, loved, loved this book. It's one that I will always keep on my favourites bookshelf.