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W.T. Stead and the Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon

Last time, I wrote about Mrs. Josephine Butler, one of the early pioneers of feminism. What I did not say was that Mrs. Butler was involved in one of the most sensational lawsuits of the nineteenth century, which was an … Continue reading

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The European Slave Trade in English Girls During the Victorian Era

For anyone who ever thought the Victorian age was a time of prudery and sexual inhibition, this post will be an eye opener. During Victoria’s reign there were more churches and more brothels in England than ever before. Is there … Continue reading

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The health risks of street lighting during the Victorian age

In order to light the streets of the Metropolis (when Sherlock Holmes was written, the word Metropolis was capitalized and only applied to London) the flames of the street lamps had to be produced with a stable gas not likely … Continue reading

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The National Railway Museum in York, UK: A larger than life reminder of Britain’s glorious past

Nothing can bring the Victorian and Edwardian eras into focus like a visit to the National Rail Museum in York, U.K. To actually stand next  to a working replica of the Rocket, a locomotive that made and changed history on … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas. Have a lavish Dickensian one.

Happy Christmas. More Victorian tid bits, mystery, etc. in the new year. Best of everything to all friends and readers. Alan  McKee Christmas, 2011

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“Magnetic sleep,” spiritualism and medicine

The Victorian age was an era when many people were interested in exploring the range of the human mind with hypnotism (originally, mesmerism, named after Anton Mesmer, 18th century discoverer of “magnetic sleep,” i.e. hypnotic trance. renamed hypnosis in 1841 … Continue reading

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What makes a great historical novel–and why you should care

I’ve written three of them, all based in Victoria’s reign, all published by Hudson House Publishing and available at Amazon.com. Those are my credentials for writing this blog. In my opinion, a great historical novel should leave you with the … Continue reading

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