anonymous asked:

What are your favourite blogs on Tumblr?

*Clears throat* Oh boy, here we go. Sit tight! 

@sonofhistory - One of the first blogs that I followed. I noticed immediatly how good the admin was when it came to being accurate when answering questions in asks. I think this blog is an inspiration for most history blogs, and rightly so! 

@bantarleton - I must admit, this blog was part of the reason I started my segment on history facts. I love the fact that they post all sorts of pictures with great captions about the 18th century. 

@bbcphile - Ok, but have you read @bbcphile‘s Hornblower fanfiction? Because if not, you’re missing out. It’s fantastic, and unless I’m mistaken, a few more chapters have been added on the latest gripping series, Harboured and Encompassed. Yes, yes, yes! 

@ploddingthroughthepresidents - I love both the tumblr blog and the actual online blog. I wish I had this much dedication when it comes to reading about history. Also, the admin has some great insight on the founding fathers. 

@marq-de-laf - So much amazing quality information on one of my favourite historical figures! Keep it up. People need to know more about the real Lafayette. 

@whatsaflyingjib - This is the place I get most of my ship pictures. I love Age of Sail blogs, and this one is especially good. Also, a rare, actually active source of Aubreyad stuff. 

@cslewiscarroll - Literally, this blog is the reason I started reading up on Lord Byron. And, as I now know, Lord Byron is fabulous. So go and give them a follow!

@wolfecalmplusplus - They don’t always post history stuff, but when they do,  it’s really good. Also, unless I’m mistaken, the username is a combination of the surnames of James Wolfe and the Marquis de Montcalm. I love them??? Unless, of course, that isn’t the case. But I hope it is. 

@greetingsdr - This blog is incredible, seriously. The art is so good, and most of it is fan art for Washington’s Spies, which makes it even better. 

@longmaytheysail - Dear old vessels indeed. As I may have mentioned, I love ships. This blog is a wonderful place to find wonderful ship pictures. Case closed. 

@fuckyeahnaturalphilosophy - The perfect combination of Age of Sail, various sea creatures, and the Aubreyad. I think they reblogged a post of mine once and I was duly flattered. 

I could list so many more. The history fandom is full of incredible writers and historians. Also, this doesn’t even touch on my favourite roleplaying blogs, but the list would grow ever longer, so I’ll stop. 

I hope this answers your question! 

The 1700s was a time of big hair, elaborate fabrics and heavy makeup for both men and women. 

During the first decades of the 1700s, women wore a hairstyle called the fontange. The hair at the front of the head was curled, waved, frizzed or teased to produce a very high and round style, particularly surrounding the face. The hair at the back of the head was styled simply and close to the head, often with a few curled tendrils of hair down the back. Middle-class women with the time and resources could mimic these styles with relative ease, either in Europe or Colonial America. Women did not typically powder their hair during this period. Aristocratic men wore wigs, typically heavily powdered. The allonge style wig was long, flowing and powdered. Men who could not afford wigs might wear their hair long, and those in the lower classes were likely to wear practical headwear, in the form of hats and caps. Both the fontange and allonge were decidedly out of fashion by 1720.

The next 40 years were a time of relatively low, simple and modest hairstyles for both women and men. Men favored powdered wigs that were not too long, with a few curls at the side, and a low ponytail gathered into a velvet pouch. Men who could not afford wigs wore the hair rather long and gathered into a low ponytail. It could be powdered or worn naturally. Caps and hats were still common for men. Women wore their hair curled around the face, without a great deal of height. The tete de mouton style even imitated sheep’s wool. The back of the hair was braided or coiled and pinned close to the scalp. The style was relatively modest and easily copied by those of lower social standing or in Colonial America. Women of all social classes wore bonnets outside the home. On the Continent, women began to powder their hair; however, powder was not fashionable for women in England or Colonial America.

After 1760, women’s hairstyles increased in height. First, they were simply teased, creating a high-volume style, often in an egg shape. By 1770, they frequently required wire armatures or supports and fake hair. They were ornamented with different things, even full scenes in miniature. The overall shape looked a little like an inverted pyramid or even a balloon. The goal was to achieve hair the height of the head, or even 1 ½ times the head height. For middle-class women, as well as those of colonial regions, this tall shape was favored, with teasing or hair rats made of sheep’s wool providing height on a smaller scale. After 1780, women’s hairstyles became shorter, wider and rounder in Europe. The hair was powdered. American women’s hairstyles became significantly simpler after the American Revolution, with curls surrounding the face and simple, neatly pinned hair in the back. 


-wrote in all caps in his letters when he was excited

-slept under a tree with Washington after the battle of Monmouth, both enveloped in Washington’s cape

-basically saved the life of the Queen by kissing her hand

-re-gifted a fucking aligator to President John Quincy Adams cause he didn’t know what the fuck to do with it

-wanted to go kill the Beast of Gévaudan (some big scary people-eating wolf that scared the shit out of the french at the time) by himself at like 6 years old

-called both Jefferson and Washington on their bullshit, telling them to free all their slaves… neither listened

-actually bought an entire island full of slaves with his wife Adrienne and freed them all, gave them money for the work they did, gave them education

-last letter he wrote before his death was about freeing slaves and how sad he was that France was taking so long to give people of colour the same rights than white people

-died holding a picture of his dead-wife to his heart

-cried with Jefferson when they met for the first time in years after both American and French revolutions

-continued to fight and got back on his horse when he was shot in the leg during his first battle

-called his only son “George Washington de Lafayette”

-was socially awkward af, especially when he was young

-a ginger

-left France to go fight for America when the King, his step family, and basically the whole court told him “no”

-had to sneak out of France

-sources differ, but probably left disguised as a woman so no one would recognised him

-gave the biggest symbol of French Revolution  (the key of the just-destroyed Bastille, a prison where the enemies of the King and Kingdom were imprisoned) to Washington


-told Washington he was his lost father

-tripped when dancing with the Queen of France and never heard the end of it

-had “sleepovers” on the grass with John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton where they talked about politic

-threw himself in front of a loaded cannon ready to shoot to try to stop an event of the french Revolution to become too bloody

-at some point, pretty much everyone in France wanted him dead

-slept through two of the biggest events of the french Revolution lol

-gave money and helped a lot of poor farmers in need

-fought for other religions than his and the King’s own to be respected and have the same rights (specifically fought for Protestant and Jewish people)

-fought against death penalties

-brought back some dirt from America and told his son to put it on top of his grave when he dies

-redecorated his whole house in France just like American’s homes

-actually told people he was American

-altogether had a slight obsessing problem with America

-had his own room at Washington’s home

-had a ring with Washington’s hair in it

-was one of the richest man in France at the age of 12 because his whole family had basically died at that point

-changed back his family motto to “Why not?”

-was only 19 when he left for America

-was detained in horrible conditions in prison for 5 years (2 of which with his wife and daughters)

-refused the hell out of several powerful positions in politic and in the army because he didn’t found these to be close enough to his ideals of freedom and shit

Fun fact: in the 80′s the Dutch Unemployed Union held ‘fridge raids’ to protest against poverty. 

They’d find out when a politician of big boss who upheld poverty and starvation wages was speaking at some public even, then they’d carefully break into his house with a LOT of people and they would eat EVERY piece of food in his house and leave the empty dished behind without taking anything else. 

So apparently at one point during the American Revolution Alexander Hamilton, Lee and a bunch of troops were all across the Hudson River from the rest of the army, and Hamilton and a few other men were destroying bags of flour so the British wouldn’t get to them (since the British were supposed to arrive soon) and anyway the troops saw the British coming and began to retreat by marching off, but Hamilton and the other few men were left by the shore of the river with a heck of a lot of redcoats approaching. Luckily they had a boat and fled back across the river (under British gunfire), but one man died, another was wounded, and they all bailed and began to swim but made it out ok. However, Lee assumed Hamilton was dead and reported thus to Washington and his aides, and they were apparently all mourning him and drinking to his memory when he appeared in the doorway, dripping wet.

fun history fact: a common argument against women voting was ads with cats dressed up as suffrage activists next to signs reading “i demand a vote” etc, basically saying that if women can vote, who’s next, cats? 


<strong><em>Primavera</em>, Sandro Botticelli</strong> - tempera on panel, ca. 1482.

There are over 150 identifiable plants and flowers in <em>Primavera</em> including orange, myrtle, and laurel. They are all known to flower in the countryside around Florence between March and May.


1. Started his military career (active duty) when he was 14 years old.

2. Spoke fluent Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, Italian, and German.

3. Inherited what we now know is mental illness, which manifested itself in moodiness and a choleric temper. As Lee himself later admitted, he suffered from a “distemper of … mind”.

4. Five of his siblings died.

6. Married a Canadian Indian during the French and Indian War.

7. Was dubbed by the Canadian Indians “Boiling Water”, a reference to his temper.

8. Was badly wounded defending Ft. Ticonderoga, and when brought back to Long Island to heal, got into a fight with the army surgeon, who then tried to assassinate him.

9. Tried to form two new colonies in the area we know of as Illinois. 

10. While serving in the Polish army, he nearly froze to death in the Balkan mountains.

11. Still serving for Poland, he also survived an earthquake in Constantinople.

12. Dueled an Italian officer, who he shot dead, but lost two fingers in the process of doing so.

13. Called King George III a “dolt”.

14. Only decided Washington was a weak leader when, at Congress’ pressuring, Washington lost over 3,000 men and tons of supplies when he lost Fort Washington instead of retreating with it as Lee had suggested.

15. Washington ordered him to retreat across New Jersey from New York, so, because he was mad, Lee left the army’s column, took a few men with him to a tavern, rented several prostitutes, and was promptly captured by the British the next morning.

16. Owned a Pomeranian named Mr. Spada, which he made Abigail Adams shake its paw. 

In France we say “les anglais ont débarqué” which means “The English have landed” to talk about having our periods. This is really funny because it goes back to the time Napoleon lost in Waterloo in 1815 against the English and then they went to France to occupy. The english soldiers had red uniforms and the people hated so much the english that they used them to talk about periods. The feud France/England is so funny, everyone is so bitter 

here’s a reason why i love studying roman history:
once Caesar and Cato the younger were in the senate, discussing Catiline’s conspiracy. suddenly a written message for Caesar arrives, and Cato in all seriousness is like “ah yes! you must be in touch with the consiprators, enemies of the republic! read it aloud to the senate, Caesar, so you can dishonor yourself!”
Caesar without a word shows him the thing. Turns out it was a message from the sister of Cato himself and it read something like ‘Servilia wants to bang Caesar so badly’.

And Cato just. well. he throws the wax tablet back at Caesar’s face.


Saturday marks the 105th anniversary of one of the most iconic tragedies in history: the sinking of the Titanic.

The “unsinkable” ship’s fateful end has since taken on legendary status. In 2012, Smithsonian reported the word Titanic is said to be the third-most recognized word in the world — just after God and Coca-Cola.

Here are 17 things you may not have known about the famed tragedy — including how the Nazis used it for propaganda. Read more

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