Today the Renaissance Mathematicus is breaking out of its shell, at least temporarily, to explore new horizons outside of the narrow boundaries of the history of science in the wide-open waters of general history. A historian of science must of course be, in the first instance, a historian and I had a deep passion for history long before I had ever heard of the history of science. I also worked for a number of years as a professional field archaeologist so it is with great pleasure that I am hosting the latest edition of the History Blog Carnival. Eclecticism is the guiding principle of all aspects of my life and so I have strived to put together an as widely eclectic edition as possible.
We come out of the starting gate with Natalie Bennett of Philobiblon who shares with us her views on Women fighting political, scientific and literary exclusion. Staying with women for the moment we travel to The Cotswolds where Nell Darby introduces us to the birth of triplets to a farmers wife in 1735. Returning to women’s politics, this time in 19th century America, as The Thoroughly Anglophile Journal takes us to Seneca Falls and the First Women’s Rights Convention from 1848. It’s about Time offers us Artist Joseph Blackburn’s view of 18th century American women. Written in Bone at the Smithsonian helps us to identify a 17th century American women who was Buried in a Lead Coffin. Rebecca Price at Chick History introduces us to the Female Mystic who Inadvertently wrote the First English Autobiography!
Pausing in the 19th century Building 19th century Ireland offers us some thoughts on the encroaching Dickens bicentennial “Please, Sir, I want some more.” Going back a century Georgian Gentleman introduces us to the London of Mr Downing and his street. We stay in London for London Historians’ account of the 1814 London Beer Flood. One of my favourite blogs The Quack Doctor takes on a tour of Mr Rackstrow’s Museum in Fleet Street in the 18th century. After beer floods, museums and Downing Street we are now treated to a brief history of the pineapple in London by the always excellent Lucie Inglis at The Food Bugle.
An Extraordinary Incident brings us a contemporary account of the death of Nelson at Trafalgar. The V&A Museum blog delivers a fascinating account of the history of kimono design. You need a fan to go with that kimono? Susan at Life Takes Lemons takes us on a tour of Ringling Museum Ladys’ Fans. With a swift change of topic and venue John Ptak of the scientific bookshop talks about the history of Blank Empty and Missing Things as displayed in one of my favourite books the Nuremberg Chronicles from 1493. Romeo Vitelli at Providentia presents The Strange Case of Phineas Gage whilst Anthony Vaver at Early American Crime tells the tale of Owen Syllavan’s Bunker. Art historian Hasan Niyazi at Three Pipe Problem investigates La Belle Jardinère – A Raphael case study. Mageret Makepeace of British Library Untold Lives visits Napoleon on St Helena in Napoleon-du pain, du vin… Jason at Executed Today offers the sombre topic of the 1964 execution of the 17-year-old Vietnamese communist Nguyen Van Troi for the attempted assassination of Robert McNamara. XBradTC at Bring the Heat gives a running commentary on the Battle of Agincourt from Oct 25 1415. A more modern war in France is presented by Fiona Robinson from Ghosts of 1914 with her post Teatime in the Trenches. K Meyers at Bones Don’t Lie brings Skeletal Evidence of a War in Peru. M. H. Beals at Demography and the Imperial Public Sphere before Victoria offers his thoughts on Stealing from the Provincial Press. John Levin from Alsatia takes us far a field with his post Sanctury outside England: Iran. The History Reporter Tiffany Dziurman Stozicki introduces us to the Russian pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch and his wife Clara in early 20th century Detroit. Judith Weingarten at Zenobia: Empress of the East presents A Muscular Christian in Palmyra. Lindsey Fitzharris the fascinatingly gruesome Chirurgeon’s Apprentice delivers The Final Indignity: Dissecting the Criminal Body. Natalie Bennett at Philobiblon having opened the month’s nominations almost closes it with her An alternative world history, with the nation state on the outside.
A History Blog Carnival on the 1st of November must include something on Halloween and Jane Winters at IHR History puzzles over the rarity of Halloween in the historical documentation in Invisible Halloween. For Halloween Michelle Ziegler at Heaven Field dug Ireland 896 Vermin Invasion out of her archives. The Halloween contribution of An Extraordinary Incident has the intriguing title A small matter of being possessed of blood imbibing vampires. Sir Thopas of Pure Medievalry closes this edition of the History Blog Carnival by wishing us a Happy Halloween with a medieval ghost story in original Middle English! (with translation ;))
I hope you have enjoyed our romp through the history blog posts of the last month and I’m sure you will find enough to read until I find time to post something new myself. But as you are here you’re are welcome to take a look around and see if you can find anything to your tastes amongst my scribblings.