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    Quote Originally Posted by Flicka View Post
    I wrote up a post of an infamous Swedish murder case from 1889 (again!) which was a right Freudian nightmare: http://www.belleepoqueexplorer.blogs...of-yngsjo.html
    I liked this post. I wonder though, why didn't she appeal for mercy if her son did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tocotin View Post
    I liked this post. I wonder though, why didn't she appeal for mercy if her son did?
    She actually did, but her request was turned down.

    The courts had found, partly based on her own admittance, that she had been the driving force and possibly even the sole executor of the murder so they placed the larger blame on her. But part of the reason was also that it was felt that he was a victim, damaged from his mother's sexual abuse and manipulative behaviour from an early age. That was how the neighbours felt and why they welcomed him back into their fold - they pitied him and blamed the (according to them) "unnatural" mother.
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    A few of my latest ones:

    Photos of World War One planes in the air, from the air

    Early 20th C photos of Iceland

    Young couples in Japan, 1958

    Non-portrait daguerreotypes

    P. S. Flicka, I can't seem to get your latest post-- it says blog not found. Address change perhaps? I'm intruiged and want to read it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by flapperphilosopher View Post

    P. S. Flicka, I can't seem to get your latest post-- it says blog not found. Address change perhaps? I'm intruiged and want to read it!
    It's here: http://victorianexplorer.blogspot.co...of-yngsjo.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flicka View Post
    There we go... thanks!!
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    I'm part Sami, and since today is international Sami Day, I wanted to celebrate it by sharing some photos taken on an expedition to Lapland in 1868: http://victorianexplorer.blogspot.se...land-1868.html

    I think their faces bear testament to the extremely hard conditions they lived under, and it makes me rather proud of my ancestors for carving out a living in a really inhospitable land.
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    I've recently added two blog entries, neither of which are actually related at all to the general topic of the blog (ancien regime France). One's for my Writerly Wednesday series (I tackled a bit of editing), and one is about the recent discovery of Richard III's bones.
    "Cotton. Cotton until Kingdom Come."

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    Today marks the 570th anniversary of the birth of King Matyas of Hungary, one of the greatest rulers of the country and the first monarch outside of Italy to embrace the Renaissance. So I wrote a blog post on him.

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    [QUOTE=flapperphilosopher;7579996]It's actually good to see you're nervous about it. Far too many people don't ever even think about the issue of image copyright, or assume just saying "I'm not claiming I made this" and/or "fair use" covers it. That's not okay.

    But! The great thing with old photos is that there are all these wonderful institutions comitted to making their collections as accessible as possible, which often means letting you use their images. Time for a tour, with examples.

    I agree with this! IMHO we should be scrupulous about copyrights. I write educational materials for a living, and the publishers and schools I work with get a lot of their images free at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Just be sure to look at the permissions portion of the image page. Many times it is in the public domain or has a creative commons license.
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    In a fit of pretentiousness, I decided to combine my professional interest in law and my passionate interest in history by asking if the application of British law in colonial India did in fact perpetuate the existing power structures or if it helped undermine them:

    http://victorianexplorer.blogspot.co...petuating.html
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    http://queensransom.wordpress.com/20...iostro-part-2/

    More of my laborious efforts to translate 18th-century French. It's slow going, but the results were fairly interesting this time. It's an interrogation of Count Cagliostro, the mystic/charlatan.

    The best part: Google translate came up with this phrase: "he f*cked and disposed of the diamonds". Way to go, Google translate.

    PS: I also recently posted two writing-related posts. Check 'em out if you're so inclined.
    "Cotton. Cotton until Kingdom Come."

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    Translation is definitely an art, angeliz2k!

    I don't have a historical post to share, rather the promise of one--and quite a few more if anyone joins me. I'm hosting a Women's History Month Blog Hop on March 15, 2013. Link in the signature.
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    http://queensransom.wordpress.com/20...rse-in-french/

    A little bit about the snatches of French I learned while studying the Affair of the Diamond Necklace. I tried to present it as a way to learn about pre-Revolutionary France in general.
    "Cotton. Cotton until Kingdom Come."

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    Because I need to lose weight, I'm a vintage gal, and I'm currently writing a book set in Britain during WWII, I got the brilliant idea of trying out a wartime diet. I'm blogging about it (with added tidbits about WWII) here:

    http://wartimedietexperiment.blogspot.com

    I also managed to seduce other people in joining me and we have a FB group for sharing recipes, inspiration and encouragement if anyone wants to join:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/131359027072396/
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    Flicka, that's dedication!! Very neat.

    I tend to forget this thread, but I do blog historically ... Here is a post touching on my subject. One about very old/very new shoe styles. A post touching on a recent fascination with digitally preserved shorts, this one showing Edwardian and flapper hairstyles and fashion. A question on the merits of keeping history and artifacts "fresh" (and many other things). A great series I found about ancient Roman anaesthetics ... or was it poisons?? And, finally, my particular favorite and the newest post of the lot: Diagnosing Henry.

    Enjoy! (I hope ...)
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    Might as well add my newest blog entry, from today, about the Battle of Gettysburg:

    http://queensransom.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/it-can-never-forget-what-they-did-here-the-gettysburg-150th/
    "Cotton. Cotton until Kingdom Come."

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    WIP 5: The Cotton Wars [prequel].
    WIP 6: Sci-fi-ish. In progress.

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    This thread is such a good resource, I've stickied it to the top of the forum so it doesn't get lost. Thanks for starting it, Flicka!

    Carry on.
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    Like so, so many other bloggers and historians I approached the figure of George Wallace. Here is the post.

    On a unrelated note, I've really liked this thread. It is more than useful... Who does not like the odd anecdote? The weird bit of nonfiction that should be, by all rights, fiction?
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    Recently, I spent an evening collecting some of the best posts and articles I've read lately - enjoy!

    Also spent a little time writing about some of the choices we make as authors, and how perhaps cliches may be perpetuated.
    "To be the queen, she agreed to be the widow!"

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    The pre-modern world was willing to attribute charisma to women well before it was willing to attribute sustained rationality to them.
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    I blogged (only a month or so late) about Color in Historical Fiction, a panel I attended at the HNS Conference. Please come check it out HERE! It's only my second post, but we all have to start somewhere, I suppose.

    Oh, and by the way, I've already had a complaint about my blog's colorful header and the font size, by the same person. Your take on both will be appreciated should you chose to share it!
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    Twasadark, that's a great post; I'm bookmarking your blog! (I did a post about mauve not long ago, too.)

    Put up another post about the first queen in my novel, and a small collection of some of the most fascinating women of the Merovingian period. Some of these people would make great novels, y'all!!

    I also have a pair of videos which might be of interest to other authors; how to do your best public reading of your work. VERY very good sort of YouTube workshop (clearly done at a conference workshop of some sort; and I would so love to have this woman come to a conference I attend every year). They're about 14 minutes each, but very much worth a peek!

    Finally, I have an interview in with Elizabeth Chadwick, the English author of this summer's "The Summer Queen" (and about 22 other novels!). Depending on how long it takes her to complete, that will publish very soon!
    "To be the queen, she agreed to be the widow!"

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    The pre-modern world was willing to attribute charisma to women well before it was willing to attribute sustained rationality to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DianeL View Post
    Twasadark, that's a great post; I'm bookmarking your blog! (I did a post about mauve not long ago, too.)

    Put up another post about the first queen in my novel, and a small collection of some of the most fascinating women of the Merovingian period. Some of these people would make great novels, y'all!!

    I also have a pair of videos which might be of interest to other authors; how to do your best public reading of your work. VERY very good sort of YouTube workshop (clearly done at a conference workshop of some sort; and I would so love to have this woman come to a conference I attend every year). They're about 14 minutes each, but very much worth a peek!

    Finally, I have an interview in with Elizabeth Chadwick, the English author of this summer's "The Summer Queen" (and about 22 other novels!). Depending on how long it takes her to complete, that will publish very soon!
    Glad you liked the color post, Diane!

    Great links - I've bookmarked them!
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    A new blog post about the fate of the diamonds that were part of the famous diamond necklace of the Diamond Necklace Affair:

    http://queensransom.wordpress.com/20...mond-necklace/

    I got a bit more information from a reader and will add it soon.
    "Cotton. Cotton until Kingdom Come."

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    WIP 4: Novella. Civil War w/a hint of supernatural.
    WIP 5: The Cotton Wars [prequel].
    WIP 6: Sci-fi-ish. In progress.

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    angeliz2k, I found it because I follow before I saw it here!

    twasadark, thank you!
    "To be the queen, she agreed to be the widow!"

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    The pre-modern world was willing to attribute charisma to women well before it was willing to attribute sustained rationality to them.
    Medieval Kingship, Henry A. Myers

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    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for putting up their blogs and sharing all sorts of fun facts. I am all things 18th century these past two years, and it seems to be turning into a proper obsession. Very glad to have more fuel for the fire!

    Also, as part of my day job I handle art permissions and copyright issues for book publishing--which is not too different from web publishing. If anyone has any questions, I may be able to answer them.
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