"...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, December 1, 2017

Weekend Link Dump

Throughout the month of December, the WLD will proudly be sponsored by the League of Christmas Cats!

Who the hell was the first person to reach the North Pole?

Watch out for those shoes on the table!

Old advertisements of the Jewish East End.

Benvenuto Cellini and the Devil.

Honoring the first space cat.

A baptism of blood and flames.

An early "armchair traveler."

Victorian Welsh swearing.

A colorful mistress of Napoleon's.

The serial killer who brought down Eliot Ness.

Aztec death whistles and other unusual recordings.

A Napoleonic sex farce in which I learn of "calf falsies for men."  Never mind, just read.

A look at the "Cunning Folk."

The truth about "post-mortem" photographs.

Legends of the Blue Mountain.

A mysterious Latvian forest.

A mysterious Kenyan city.

A mysterious underwater castle.

An 18th century bullfight.

The rise and fall of a bonesetter.

The difficult life of George II's mistress.

The even more difficult life of Charlotte Williams.

The bear, the goat, and the cowboy.

The Georgian Bonassus.

The strange case of a woman hospitalized for over 30 years.

"Greek fire" at the Parthenon.

England's cat and dog massacre.

Stoning mermaids.

How to clean Victorian dresses.

Margaret Pole, one of the many people who had the misfortune to get on Henry VIII's extensive bad side.

A remarkable surgery-at-sea.

Some ancient health tips.

This week in Russian Weird:  Their bears are armed and on the loose.

That's it for this week! See you on Monday, when we'll talk haunted ships. In the meantime, here's a bit of Renaissance music.

1 comment:

  1. I've liked Sloane for his fostering of knowledge and learning, but now I feel a bit of an affinity with him. After all, I travel the world through my books, too.

    (And my own Christmas cats are getting ready for the Yuletide, as well!)


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