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Alexandra of Denmark, What Might Have Been

If you missed my last entry on Alexandra of Denmark, take this chance to brush up on the background info from that post. I'll wait. The Victorian era wasn't a great time to be disabled. Frequently people with disabilities were hidden from sight, sent to sanitariums or locked in attic rooms (more on that here).… Continue reading Alexandra of Denmark, What Might Have Been

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Alexandra of Denmark, Queen and Fashion Icon

Every generation has their fashion icons, those people considered too beautiful to be real, the ones everyone else looks to for the season's trends. Princess Alexandra of Denmark--later Queen of England--was one such person. And she's remarkable not only for her position and her contributions to fashion, but also because she was disabled. Normally, that… Continue reading Alexandra of Denmark, Queen and Fashion Icon

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Let’s play “Would this kill me in the 1800s?”

One of the side effects of being someone who loves history but is also surrounded by people with chronic illnesses and disabilities is that I'm always wondering if they/I/we would survive "back in the day." Spoiler: the answer us almost always NO. So I was rather shocked when I started looking into the history of… Continue reading Let’s play “Would this kill me in the 1800s?”

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Getting (de)stoned for Thanksgiving

I confess, I'm not a huge fan of Thanksgiving in general, for a whole host of reasons. But this year, I do have one thing I'm very thankful for. A side effect of writing historical fiction and reenacting is that I tend to "live" in the period I'm writing about. So when my dear adopted… Continue reading Getting (de)stoned for Thanksgiving