Breakfast Links are served - our weekly round-up of fav links to other web sites, articles, blogs, and images via Twitter.
• Two babies born in the Tower of London, two very different lives.
• The saga of the skull of the man who prosecuted Aaron Burr, defended the Cherokee Nation, and was the country's longest tenured attorney general.
• Elizabeth Bronte, more than a footnote.
• This book was the WebMD of the 18th and 19th centuries.
• Image: Photo of young marchers from a 1909 May Day parade to end child labor.
• Abigail Adams considered May 1 King Tammany's Day.
• A 1698 recipe whose popularity has probably passed: "To Pickell Larks."
• The art of marbled paper from the archives of the San Francisco Public Library.
• When spirits and witches roam abroad: April 30, or Walpurgis Night.
• A small metal alms box reveals Americans' thoughts about philanthropy.
• Image: Thomas Jefferson's "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence.
• Evil May Day, 1517, and the immigrant rioters in Tudor London.
• The Traveller's Pocket Book provided an early glimpse of Great Britain's roads in the 18thc.
• The well-shod Edwardian woman.
• Hearts of oak on canvas: Copley's Watson and the Shark.
• Image: A gold compact by Cartier with the initials of silent screen star Mary Pickford.
• Costumed roosters and sphinx cakes: highlights from Victorian cookbooks.
• An entertaining quiz to determine who you would have been in the American Revolution.
• The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851.
• The other side of Anne of Green Gables: the danger of rewriting a beloved book for a new generation. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily. Above: At Breakfast by Laurits Andersen Ring. Private collection
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.