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Vintage writing advice from 1902. Articles on short-story plot, characterization, mood, style.

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Vintage articles on growing and cultivating tomatoes. Adapted from "Tomato Culture: A Practical.. Treatise on the Tomato", 1907.

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Postings on English History. Romans, Celts, Saxons, Stonehenge, Kings, Queens, and more.

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Articles on the gods, goddesses, festivals, and religious beliefs of the Romans.

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All about the history, making, drinking, and appreciation of coffee. Posts with the history of how.. coffee came to Europe and the West.

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Vintage instructions for successfully hiring maids & butlers in your house. Quaint instructions.. from a more gracious time.

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Articles on French cooking, with simple recipes.

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Vintage articles on hosting a formal dinner party, from the 1920's. Quaint advice from a more.. gracious time.

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A collection of vintage and old-fashioned pie recipes. Include recipes for Raspberry, Cherry,.. Blueberry, Lemon, Pumpkin, and more.

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Articles on the art of making a fine breakfast. Recipes, discussions, ideas.

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Posts about travel to and life in Paris, France. Articles about Paris history, churches, metro.. system, and more.

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Postings of vintage recipes from the "International Jewish Cookbook", 1919. Traditional.. soups, casseroles, kischkes, and more.

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Vintage dance steps and etiquette advice. How to polka, waltz, and 2-step; also how to be an.. exquisite lady or gentleman at a formal. Adapted from "Book of Etiquette, Volume II" by.. Lillian Eichler, 1921 and other sources.

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Articles and recipes for baking fresh, hot homemade biscuits from scratch.

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Vintage advice on how to plan a great wedding. From Emily Post, 1922.

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Vintage chicken recipes, all free and public domain.

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Vintage articles on golf by Harry Vardon, former British Open Champion, from 1905. Advice on club.. selection, driving, putting, improving your swing, and more.

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Recipes from Simple Italian Cookery, by Antonia Isola, 1912, Harper and Brothers. This was the first.. Italian cookbook published in the United States. The recipes are straightforward, and fun!

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Stories of the major Catholic Saints, for children.

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Periodic posts and information about the original Boy Scout Handbook, first published in 1911. Lots.. of great vintage information about rank, merit badges, troop and patrol organization, and more.

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Postings on early and medieval French history, including Joan of Ark, Hundred Year's War, the.. Crusades, more.

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Biography of St. John of the Cross, the Catholic Mystic Saint. Also a discussion of his friendship.. with St. Teresa.

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Vintage guide to travel in England and Wales. Picturesque articles.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • The Death of Godwine 1053
    on Apr 5, 2016 in Normans
    After William had departed, Englishmen became discontented at King Edward's increasing favor to the Norman strangers. In 1052 Godwine and his sons—Swegen only excepted—returned from exile. They sailed up the Thames and landed at Southwark. The fo...
  • Duke William and the Norman Church
    on Apr 2, 2016 in Christianity Church Normans
    An Englishman, who saw much of Duke William in after-life, declared that, severe as he was, he was mild to good men who loved God. The Church was in his days assuming a new place in Europe. The monastic revival which had originated at Cluny had led...
  • Visit of Duke William. 1051
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Normans
    In Godwine's absence, in 1051 King Edward the Confessorreceived a visit from the Duke of the Normans, William, the bastard son of Duke Robert and the daughter of a tanner of Falaise.Robert was a son of Richard II., and William was thus the grandson o...
  • The Peace of Utrecht, 1713
    on Mar 31, 2016 in Louis XIV
    King Louis XIV had outlived his good fortune by 1713.His great generals and statesmen had passed away. The country was exhausted, famine was preying on the wretched peasantry, supplies could not be found, and one city after another, of those Louis ha...
  • The Banishment of Godwine. 1051
    on Mar 30, 2016
    At last, in 1051, the strife between King Edward and the Earl broke out openly. Edward's brother-in-law, Eustace, Count of Boulogne, visited England. On his return his men made a disturbance at Dover, and in the riot which ensued some of the townsmen...
  • Edward the Confessor
    on Mar 28, 2016
    The English were tired of foreign rulers. 'All folk chose Edward king.'Edward, the son of Æthelred and the brother of the murdered Ælfred, though an Englishman on his father's side, was also the son of the Norman Emma, and had been brought up in No...
  • The Wars of the Palatinate and of Spanish Succession
    on Mar 28, 2016 in Louis XIV
    This brutal act of tyranny was followed by a fresh attack on Germany. On the plea of a supposed inheritance of his sister-in-law, the Duchess of Orleans, Louis invaded the Palatinate on the Rhine, and carried on one of the most ferocious wars in hist...
  • Revocation of the Edict of Nantes
    on Apr 27, 2015 in Louis XIV
    In 1685 Louis XIV supposed that the Huguenots had been so reduced in numbers that the Edict of Nantes could be repealed. All freedom of worship was denied them; their ministers were banished, but their flocks were not allowed to follow them. If taken...
  • A Plain French Omelet
    on Nov 29, 2014 in Eggs
    A plain French omelet is, perhaps, one of the most difficult of all things to make; that is, it is the most difficult to have well made in the ordinary private house. Failures come from beating the eggs until they are too light, or having the butt...
  • Historic Parisian Cafes
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Europe France Paris
    Some of the historic cafés are still thriving in their original locations, although the majority have now passed into oblivion. Glimpses of the more famous houses are to be found in the novels, poetry, and essays written by the French literati who p...
  • Louis XIV's War in the Low Countries
    on Nov 28, 2014 in Louis XIV
    Maria Theresa, the queen of Louis XIV., was the child of the first marriage of Philip IV. of Spain; and on her father's death in 1661, Louis, on pretext of an old law in Brabant, which gave the daughters of a first marriage the preference over the so...
  • France Under Louis XIV
    on Nov 27, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    There was, in fact, nothing but the chase to occupy a gentleman on his own estate, for he was allowed no duties or responsibilities. Each province had a governor or intendant, a sort of viceroy, and the administration of the cities was managed chiefl...
  • The Sons of Cnut. 1035—1042
    on Oct 29, 2014
    Cnut died in 1035. Godwine and the West Saxons chose Harthacnut, the son of Cnut and Emma to take his father's place, whilst the north and centre, headed by Leofwine's son, Leofric, Earl of the Mercians, chose Harold, the son of Cnut by an earlier wi...
  • The Royal Court of King Louis XIV
    on Oct 29, 2014 in Kings Louis XIV
    The attempt from the earliest times of the French monarchy had been to draw all government into the hands of the sovereign, and the suppression of the Fronde completed the work. Louis XIV., though ill educated, was a man of considerable ability, much...
  • The Court of Anne of Austria
    on Oct 28, 2014
    The court of France, though never pure, was much improved during the reign of Louis XIII. and the regency of Anne of Austria. There was a spirit of romance and grace about it, somewhat cumbrous and stately, but outwardly pure and refined, and quite a...
  • The Fronde
    on Oct 25, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    When an heir had long been despaired of, Anne of Austria, the wife of Louis XIII., had become the mother of two sons, the eldest of whom, Louis XIV., was only five years old at the time of his father's death. The queen-mother became regent, and trust...
  • The Thirty Years' War in Flanders and Italy
    on Oct 20, 2014 in Thirty Years War
    The Thirty Years' War had been raging in Germany for many years, and France had taken no part in it, beyond encouraging the Swedes and the Protestant Germans, as the enemies of the Emperor. But the policy of Richelieu required that the disunion betwe...
  • Richelieu's Administration
    on Aug 31, 2014 in Church
    Cardinal de Richelieu's whole idea of statesmanship consisted in making the King of France the greatest of princes at home and abroad. To make anything great of Louis XIII., who was feeble alike in mind and body, was beyond any one's power, and Riche...
  • The Siege of Rochelle
    on Aug 30, 2014 in Wars of Religion
    The rottenness of the State was chiefly owing to the nobility, who, as long as they were allowed to grind down their peasants and shine at court, had no sense of duty or public spirit, and hated the burghers and lawyers far too much to make common ca...
  • French Creme Brulee (Crème Brulée)
    on Aug 24, 2014 in Desserts
    Blend a tablespoonful of flour with the yolks of three eggs and place in a casserole. Pour slowly in a pint or more of milk, add a pinch of cinnamon, a few drops of extract of lemon or any flavor desired, and stir constantly over the fire.When the cr...
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