Served up fresh - our round up of this week's fav links to other web sites, blogs, articles, and images, gathered for you from around the Twitterverse.
• Resplendent gentleman's dressing gown with repeating pattern of foliage and mytical beasts, c. 1905-15.
• "The true and beloved lady of the English": Ealhswith, Wife of King Alfred the Great.
• "My Sweetheart Went Down with the Ship": Titanic related piano music.
• These 19th c. women helped map the universe - yet still couldn't get any respect and were dubbed the "Harvard Harem."
• September 15, 1813: Jane Austen writes from London to her older sister Cassandra.
• The evil of beans - just ask any ghost or vampire.
• Prince Albert's cultural legacy: Albertopolis.
• The last of a once-princely 18th c. Anglo-Mughal dynasty: a peasant farmer in Northern India, heir to an English barony.
• Fanny Campbell: or, The Female Pirate Captain, 1844.
* The top ten restaurants in London - in the 1890s.
• "The true Arte of Defence": Elizabethan fencing and a video demonstrating Renaissance combat from the !595 Club.
• An East India Company merchant's belongings in 1618: pistol, teapot, soap, and a satin doublet.
• A short history of the birthing chair.
• Did that historical costume look familiar in the last film you saw? It's most likely recycled - over and over and over.
• Georgians had to pay tax on their hair powder - and now the tax certificates are a historical research tool.
• The very practical "yard" in the design of Early American gardens and landscapes.
• The spoil of mariners: in 1780 alone, scurvy killed 1,600 men in a fleet of 12,000 while enemy action killed only sixty.
• A 1903 undertaker muses about the curious garb and strange shrouds his clients choose to be buried in.
• Young, smart, & brave - and possibly the worst spy ever: Nathan Hale, captured this week in 1775.
• Did Hollywood give the 1920s a boob job in latest The Great Gatsby remake?
• The serious and the smirk: the smile in portraiture through history.
• OK, so this is silly: Ikea instructions for Stonehenge.
• Nineteen famous Thomas Jefferson "quotes" that he actually never said at all.
• Long-gone houses of a millionaire's family: the lost George J. Gould Mansions at 857 Fifth Avenue, New York.
• Shopping on the move: the street traders of Georgian London.
• Godey's Lady's Book outlined exactly how to make a dress in 1851.
• Jane Mecom writes to her brother Benjamin Franklin about the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775.
• Fascinating site devoted to forgotten bookmarks - the things discovered tucked inside used books.
• A landmark Victorian Temple of Relief in Birmingham.
• "Take middling rabbits, neither too young nor old": 18th c. recipe for Ragoo of Rabbits.
• Hogwarts in Manhattan! The 1,000+ weird and wonderful gargoyles of City College.
• Late-medieval recipes for making ink.
• A sad victim of eighteenth-century debauchery: "The Ruined Girl", 1786. Hungry for more? Follow us on Twitter @2nerdyhistgirls for fresh updates daily.
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We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.