"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is pleased to announce that we are again sponsored by one of our very favorite organizations, the International Federation of Lucky Black Cats!

How the hell did Shakespeare die?

What the hell happened to Eleanor C. Parker?

What the hell is this Bosnian sphere?

What the hell is The Hum?

What the hell were Anne Boleyn's last words?

Watch out for the Devil Woman of Benares!

Watch out for the Dobbie of Furness!

Watch out for those May/December marriages!

Watch out for those Bum Courts!

Witchcraft in Italy, 1908.

Hard times for a young soldier's wife.

Japan now has a hedgehog cafe, which doesn't surprise me in the least.

From our ongoing, "Enjoy your eternity in Hell, ISIS fighters" file.

What not to do with a beetroot.  Or a half-pint flask, for that matter.

Elizabeth de Burgh, the lesser-known captive Queen of Scots.

A young 19th century woman turns con artist, soon regrets it.

A grim tale uncovered in the UK National Archives.

A 16th century female Italian poet.

Safeguarding your home, supernatural style.

How Eusapia Palladino talked to the dead.

The ghost of Mary Surratt.

An analysis of the French, 1773.

A real Doctor Frankenstein.

The Jack Sheppard of Gloucestershire.

The ghost of Lieutenant Wynyard's brother.

The Bible may be older than we thought.

PTSD in Regency England.

The mother of modern witchcraft.

What we don't know about King Tut's tomb.  Which turns out to be quite a lot.

A nice piece about the love affair between cats and bookstores.  Featuring Tiny the Usurper!

As a side note, every cat should have "the Usurper" added to their name.

In related news, here's a look at Post Office Cats.

Murder in 18th century Lincolnshire.

Richard Burleson:  From executed criminal to restaurant placemat.

Infant ghosts.

Recreating Akhenaten's lost city.

The ancient woman with a seashell ear.

The strange case of Susie McKinnon.

The Running of the Sheep.

The Knitting Women of the Guillotine.

What 18th century sailors ate.

Walter Scott reviews Jane Austen.

Life insurance and the Woodmen of the World.

The Wards of Old London.

The practice of Witch Bottles.

The Westmorland Thunderstones.

That time the Queen of England visited Pakistan.

The end of the Tiger Woman.

The art of the landscape garden.

The perils of being a careless miller.

The perils of marrying James Eldredge.

The perils of encountering Fra Diavolo.

New York's first female crime boss.

19th century rules for courtship.

The Cat Lady of Spitalfields.

That time the Earl of Surrey met Frankenstein.

The Pall Mall Monkey and the Bengali Hospital.

The busy career of a late 18th century forger.

The history of a Texas pioneer.

Prophetic fiction.

Poverty in Victorian London.

Female prisoners in Victorian England.

Classical music cats.

And we're outta here!  See you on Monday, when--as was resolved in a poll I took on my Facebook page--we'll meet one of the 17th century's leading female badasses.  In the meantime, here's some Little Feat:


  1. Black cats are indeed lucky - especially to the person owned by one.

  2. Sheep racing - baaaah!

    (There should be a cable channel for that.)


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