Christine is the author of the LADY OF ASHES historical mystery series, featuring Violet Harper, a Victorian undertaker, as well as several other historical novels. She has one perfect husband, five naughty cats, a ridiculous number of fountain pens, and shelves groaning with a countless number of dolls.
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England in the early 19th century was rife with bad harvests, disease, and poverty. Parliament developed the concept of workhouses to assist the poor, by providing them with housing and meaningful work to do. This plan met with varying levels of success, but was mostly disastrous. Worst of all was…
The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas through Egypt and thus provides a quicker shipping route from west to east, was inaugurated in an elaborate, weeks-long ceremony in November of 1869. It was promoted not only as an engineering wonder, but as a means by which permanent…
Imagine the most pestilent, disease-ridden, rat-infested prison in 19th century Great Britain. Now drop those conditions into a harbor and you have a prison hulk. Only used for about a century, these floating dens of misery were responsible for countless prisoner deaths.