Potential Period Film Fodder: Mary Bowser

When I first read Alyssa Cole's An Extraordinary Union, which is a historical romance about a free black woman spy named Ellen Burns who is sent to a Confederate household in Virginia during the Civil War to work undercover as a slave, I noticed in the author's note that Cole took much of her inspiration … Continue reading Potential Period Film Fodder: Mary Bowser

Queen Victoria’s Last Three Kids

Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert was born on May 1, 1850, the seventh of Victoria and Albert's large family. He was named after the Duke of Wellington. At age sixteen, Arthur entered the Royal Military College at Woolwich, graduating two years later, and becoming a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers Corps. From there, he moved … Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Last Three Kids

Queen Victoria’s Middle Three Kids

Prince Alfred. From the National Portrait Gallery.Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's fourth child was born on August 6, 1844. He was their second son and so, second in line to the throne after his older brother. His parents named him┬áPrince Alfred Ernest Albert. Alfred was known as "Affie" in the family. He wanted to enter … Continue reading Queen Victoria’s Middle Three Kids

Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday

I missed it by a day, but May 24th was the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria's birth. She was born in 1819 in Kensington Palace, London, the only daughter of Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent and Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Victoria was born during the reign of her grandfather, George III. She was christened Alexandrina … Continue reading Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday