The Victorian Croquet Craze: crazier than you think

By | August 8th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era|Tags: , |

Wanting to do a seasonally-appropriate post on popular Victorian summer activities, I decided to take a look at the history of croquet. For a few decades, the game was undeniably the most popular pastime in both England and America. With an absence of socially acceptable mixed-gender activities, young people especially flocked to lawns to take [...]

Dickens Fairs

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Christmas, Entertainment, Holidays, Victorian Era, Victorian Era Celebrations|Tags: , , , |

If it’s November, it’s time for Dickens fairs! These mid-Victorian London-inspired events pay homage to 19th century author Charles Dickens and the wonderful characters he created. The fairs are popular throughout England and the USA. Each one has its own signature, but all embody the spirit of the time. Here are a few Dickens Fairs [...]

The Brontë Sisters – Classic Victorian Tragedy

By | August 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Brontë Sisters - the Early Days Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë were born between April, 1816 and January, 1820; middle children of Patrick Bronte and his wife, Maria. Each is remembered for literary accomplishments that might not have been fully recognized as such during their lifetimes, but continue to be enormously popular today. Charlotte is probably [...]