A Gold Rush Donald Trump: Belinda Mulrooney and Her ‘Grand’ Endeavors

In an attempt to steer away from England for a post or two, I’ve taken the liberty of devoting this post to a topic completely unrelated to previous ones. A little known historical interest of mine lies in the Yukon (or Klondike) gold rush of the late nineteenth century.

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The White Rose Bled Red: Was Henry VI to Blame for the Fifteenth Century English Civil Wars?

(Author’s note: This post is based on research conducted at my time at Lancaster University in the U.K. Note that no primary sources were consulted given the nature of the assignment.) The fifteenth century saw a period of civil wars in Britain, later termed the Wars of the Roses. Most…

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Before E-Harmony, There Was…Eliza Farnham?!

In doing research on how the scarcity of women impacted the nineteenth century gold rush phenomenon, I found one particularly interesting “nugget” of information. Apparently, someone attempted to create a virtual dating site back in the mid-1800s, or, at least a close equivalent. Eliza Farnham concocted a scheme in the…

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Holy is as Holy Does: Elizabeth Barton, the Nun of Kent

One would think that during the religiously and politically chaotic times of the 1530s in England, many people would learn to NOT incite the wrath of a vengeful monarch. But, no, many people tempted Madame Fate by actually disagreeing with their lovingly gentle and just monarch King Henry VIII, especially…

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