Mid Modern Period

(1750 – 1914)

Who Was Gordon Bennett?

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We’ve all said it – or heard it – but who exactly was Gordon Bennett and why does a small corner of Ireland remember his name so well? James Gordon Bennett was an American millionaire, owner of…

Georgiana Cavendish: At the Dukes Pleasure (Pt 1)

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Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire between 1774 – 1806, is one of history’s most complicated and fascinating characters. Beautiful, intelligent and charismatic, she quickly became the 18th century equivalent of today’s ‘It Girl.’ Despite her widespread…

Elopement Extraordinary

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All rural communities have idiosyncrasies when it comes to cultural practices.  Perhaps the customs surrounding a rural marriage are some of the most strange.  Rural Ireland of the 19th and 20th centuries had a wide variety of…

#JanesFace On Our Tenner!

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At last! Jane Austen will make it into the hands of pretty much every person in this great nation – as the face of a ten pound note! The Bank of England revealed it’s spanking new design…

Jane Austen’s Emma: A Girl For Today

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‘Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings in existence…’ If Emma herself, the snobbish, infuriating but still likeable heroine of…

Gold Rush Ghost Town

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For those not in the know, the great American gold rush was exactly how it sounds. News of vast amounts of gold deposits spread fast across the Western frontier and Montana and Bannack witnessed the…

Exclusive: Broadmoor Revealed

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Historical Honey is delighted to host this wonderful Q&A session with Mark Stevens, author of Broadmoor Revealed. Firstly, let us introduce you to the brains behind the book… Mark Stevens is a professional archivist, who…

Mistress of Charlecote

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If there is one book which can transport me back in time within reading just a few paragraphs, it is this one. When I settle down to read this book, in my minds eye, I…