Back on Tumblr

I admit it: I was missing Tumblr, even with all its glitches and all those moany twelve-year-olds dictating to everyone about complex world issues!

I deleted my original (and starting to get popular) history blog a few months ago, and I’ve been regretting it a little bit. The reason I deleted it was because it stared to get very political, to the point I was posting more about Vladimir Putin than I was about Victorian England!

This time round I’m promising to steer clear of current world issues. It will truly stay a history blog, a little escape from the uglier parts of life in the present.

So, if you want to follow (and even though there’s not much going on yet), I will be posting there every day from now on:

http://sonya-heaney.tumblr.com/

 

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The 203rd anniversary of Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published on the 28th of January 1813.

Elizabeth and Mr Darcy by Hugh Thomson 1894

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy. 1894 illustration.

Here is the title page from a first edition copy of the book:

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published on the 28th of January 1813. Here is the front page from a first edition copy of the book.

The First Fleet

A 1938 image depicting the First Fleet arriving in Australia on the 26th of January, 1788. This was the beginning of European colonisation of the continent, and the 26th is now called Australia Day.

From the collection of the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

Reproduction of John Allcot (1888–1973), The First Fleet in Sydney Cove, January 27, 1788, from The Sydney Mail, January 26, 1938. National Library of Australia, Canberra.

On this day: the first assassination by a firearm

James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray. 1561.

A detail of a 1561 painting of the Regent.

The first recorded assassination by firearm happened in Scotland on the 23rd of January, 1570. James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray and Regent of Scotland was killed at Linlithgow Palace.

Miles Birket Foster painting Linlithgow Palace Victorian era

Miles Birket Foster’s 19th century painting of Linlithgow Palace

The assassin was James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh, a supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots.

James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh and Woodhouselee (died 1581) was a Scottish supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, who assassinated James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland, in January 1570.

A nineteenth century depiction of the killing.

Some accounts of the execution were recorded centuries after it happened, making some facts a little bit unclear.

One version states that Lady Mondegreen was killed by a second shot, but this is a myth.