Archive for October, 2007
I love going to flee markets. Half of my furniture comes from there or the local second (third, fourth, fifth!) hand shops.
Today was a very successful day – and I found some bits which I’d never, ever expected to find here!
Last updated: 1st October, 2010
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Pretty Fellows – A concerned Citizen blows his Top about Fashion in 1749
(William Gibson’s blog, scroll down the page)
MEDICAL SERVICES / HYGIENE
The Battle over Birth Control
Various pictures of condoms and other contraceptives all through history. Not quite sure what the 18th century French ivory dildo is doing there, but… well.
Art Marine – new
LIFE AT SEA
The Secret Diary of a Midshipman
Drawings by Captain Frederick Marryat about his life as a midshipman.
Playing at Command: Midshipmen and Quarterdeck Boys in the Royal Navy, 1793 – 1815 – new
Thesis by Samantha A. Cavell
The Irish Officers of the Royal Navy, 1793 – 1815 – new
HMS Ganges, mast-manning ceremony (full coverage) – new
Blue Peter: HMS Ganges, mast-manning ceremony / John Noakes climbing Nelson’s column – new
Sir Joseph Banks’ tattoo – new
18TH CENTURY GENERAL (MOSTLY) BRITISH HISTORY
SOCIETY, DAILY LIFE
The History of Washing – new
Silent Companions – new
Pirates of the Caribbean in fact and fiction
Everything from pirate codes to organisation aboard a pirate ship and even an interesting section about pirate medicine.
‘On the Spanish Main’ by John Mansfield
Project Gutenberg: book available online for free
Notes from the Orlop
Fantastic blog about all aspects of seafaring life, integrated part of the Maine Maritime Museum website
BLACK HISTORY / PEOPLE OF COLOUR / SLAVERY IN THE 18th CENTURY
LAW AND PUNISHMENT
RANKS AND UNIFORMS
Hunting for the lost HMS Beagle – new
Royal Navy Ships of the Line – new
Green light for the Mary Rose museum – new
HMS Victory found (sunk in 1744) – new
Odyssey Marine Exploration: HMS Victory project overview – new
The meaning of “Jack Tar” – new
Frigate Commander – Portrait and Excerpt
Memoir of Admiral Sir Graham Moore G.C.M.G.
by Major-General Sir Robert Gardiner, K.C.B.
Get your MA in Maritime History at the University of Exeter – new
The Gentlemen of Fortune: Golden Age of Piracy – new
Bow Street Runners: The online game to go with “City of Vice” – new
Miracle’s Wax Museum: next to Mozart – new
Salem Maritime National Historic Site: Pickled Fish and Salted Provisions – new
Farthingale (Bath) – rent a costume
Rather authentic looking regency clothing and navy uniforms.
18th century replicas – from clothing to flutes!
AUTHORS (Age Of Sail)
That’s enough bearded men for one list. Here are the ladies:
Kalen Hughes – Romance Novelist
Website also contains historial information
For Absolute Beginners:
To learn the naval slang and get more familiar with the time and the life aboard a ship in the 18th century. The Kydd-Series by Julian Stockwin
Then it’s time to move on to
Other books you might like:
Warmed up? Good! Time for
The Royal Navy:
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain: 1649-1815
(Paperback) by N.A.M. Rodger
Review of The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain: 1649-1815:
Men Of Honour
(Paperback) by Adam Nicolson
Dressed to Kill – British Naval Uniform, Masculinity and Contemporary Fashions 1748-1857
by Amy Miller
Review of Dressed to Kill:
The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson
(Paperback) by Roger Knight
Captain Cook’s Journal During the First Voyage Round the World (Illustrated Edition)
(Paperback) by James Cook
Mutiny on Board H.M.S. Bounty: The Captain’s Account of the Mutiny and His 3,600 Mile Voyage in an Open Boat
(Paperback) by William Bligh (Author)
Nelson the Admiral
(Hardcover) by Colin White (Author)
Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s Own Hero
(Hardcover) by Max Adams (Author)
Frigate Commander: Graham Moore
(Hardcover) by Tom Wareham (Author)
Feeding Nelson’s Navy: The True Story of Food at Sea in the Georgian Era
(Paperback) by Janet Macdonald
The Young Sea Officer’s Sheet Anchor
by D. Lever
Admiral Collingwood: A fine old English Gentleman
by William Davis (1875) – online version available for free download
Review of “A fine old English Gentleman”:
Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat: Naval Slang And Its Everyday Usage – new
(Hardback) by Martin Robson
Review of “Not Enough Room To Swing A Cat”:
Animals at Sea – new
(Hardback) by Liza Verity
Review of”Animals at Sea”:
18th Century General Lifestyle
The Cut of Men’s Clothes: 1600-1900
(Hardcover) by Norah Waugh
The Cut of Women’s Clothes: 1600-1900
(Hardcover) by Norah Waugh
Daily Life in 18th-Century England
by Kirstin Olsen
City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-century London
(Hardcover) by Vic [V.A.C.] Gatrell
Men’s 17th and 18th Century Costume: Cut and Fashion
(Hardcover) by R.I. Davis / William Alan Landes
Whatever Shall I Wear: A Guide to assembling a Woman’s 18th Century Wardrobe
by Mara Riley, illustrations by Cathy (Kate) Johnson
Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1660 – 1770
(Paperback) by Emily Cockayne
Review of “Hubbub”:
Napoleon’s Privates: 2500 Years of History unzipped – new
(Hardcover) by Tony Perrottet
Review of “Napoleon’s Privates”:
The Workhouse Cookbook – new
(Paperback) by Peter Higginbotham
Slavery and Colonialism / East India Company:
Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World
(Paperback) by Trevor Burnard (Author)
Journal of a West India Proprietor (Oxford World’s Classics)
(Paperback) by Matthew Lewis (Author)
Sugar and Slaves: Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713
(Paperback) by Gary B. Nash (Foreword), Richard S. Dunn (Author)
Trading Places: The East India Company and Asia 1600-1830
(Paperback) by Anthony Farrington (Author)
Homosexuality in the 18th century:
Mother Clap’s Molly House: The Gay Subculture in England 1700-1830
(Hardcover) by Rictor Norton
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash: Piracy, Sexuality and Masculine Identity
(Paperback) by Hans Turley
Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson’s Navy
(Hardcover) by B.R. Burg
If you can’t decide which books to buy or if your budget is as limited as mine (means: skint), here’s my personal “must have” list:
– The Wooden World by N.A.M. Rodger
– Men of Honour by Adam Nicolson
– Admiral Collingwood: Nelson’s own hero by Max Adams
– Frigate Commander (Journals of Graham Moore) by Tom Wareham
– The Pursuit Of Victory by Roger Knight
For the slashers among you, I’d definitely also recommend
– Mother Claps’s Molly House by Rictor Norton
Enjoy your researches! 🙂
Last updated: 2 March, 2009
You know what it’s like: you write a story, and suddenly you stop, scratching your head and asking yourself: “Good, I know how to fire a gun and I know that gunpowder shouldn’t be stored next to open fire. But what was served for dinner?”
Among many other factors it’s the small details that make a story believable, help the reader to really “get into it” and be transported back to the 18th century. It’s those small details about everyday life that can make a story three-dimensional.
Good – but what if one doesn’t know anything about said details? I know what I’m talking about here – I rather not tell you how many books I’ve read and how many hours I’ve spent on research to learn even the most basic facts. That’s why I write sappy gay romances, dear friends – if people worry about the fate of the heroes, they will hopefully not notice the outrageous nonsense I might write about life aboard a ship! Cunning, isn’t it… 😉
Back to people who know what they’re writing about:
I’ve finally managed to order a copy of that book (at the moment, there are some used copies for sale on amazon – BUY!), and I’ve spent the last days reading it. All I can say is: I fully agree with critic Daniel Baugh: “(…) This is the best book on shipboard life in the eighteenth century that has ever been written. (…)”
It is. If you work on a small budget, and can’t afford tons of books – this is the one you should buy. Even before Collingwood’s biography. No, seriously.
Over the next days I’ll post some samples, and we’ll start with a very interesting subject:
For a change I’d like to recommend a community:
As the name says: “Anything AoS”! It’s a small and young community, but it looks really good to me. I’ve recently joined and found some interesting entries – good resource material!
Have a look at the latest entry by – wonderful pictures of the Historic Dockyard in Chatham!
Here’s an interesting link for you:
From wives and respectable passengers, to ‘sirens’ and feisty mistresses of disguise, women were very much part of shipboard life in the 18th and 19th centuries. They are welcomed into today’s Royal Navy on a rather different basis, as Nick Slope explains.
That’s a nice bit:
“(…) When a great personal friend of Nelson, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, discovered that women had been brought onboard his flagship, he ordered the women ashore because of ‘… the mischief they never fail to create wherever they are’. He also wrote that ‘I never knew a woman brought to sea in a ship that some mischief did not befall the vessel’. (…)”
Old Cuddy, now really…!
Also assorted other news over at ‘s LJ.
Stories can evolve from the oddest sources. Music. Things we experience in our daily lives. People we meet. Noises. Smells. A sentence we pick up.
I had the idea for “Lieutenant Samuel Blackwood (deceased)” (the manuscript is with the printers now and the book should be available soon, by the way – end of commercial break) after experiencing an aura shortly before I had an epileptic fit. Some people smell oranges, others rotten bananas, I smell gunpowder. Go figure.
So where does my current “Thomas Gillette” come from? Like many of the characters in my stories, he was inspired by a painting.
Thomas Chatterton died at only 17 years of age, and when I saw this picture, I sat down and wrote the story in one go. The painting by Henry Wallis is very touching; every time I look at it I get a bit melancholic.
The scene is so tragic and hopeless, but also strangely beautiful. Sometimes it would be nice if life could be re-written…