Friday Favorite: Matti’s Millinery & Costumes


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Some of you might remember a certain little copper satin Regency-era gown that I wore for the Historical Novel Society’s Costume Pageant in 2013.


Our Favorite this week is the originator of that gorgeous frock, Matti’s Millinery & Costumes. Based in Minnesota, Matti’s makes historically accurate attire for men, women, children, and even pets, ranging from the Middle Ages all the way through the Edwardian era. Check out their website or Etsy shop and see if anything strikes your fancy. If you’ve got something else in mind, Matti’s also does custom clothing, and the customer service was wonderful! They also ship internationally :-D

Cora’s TBR Challenge Check-In


Two months down, fellow readers! How much has your TBR Pile shrunk?

Last summer I picked up a preference for print books, thinking to whittle down my physical store of books before I moved. That trend seems to be continuing, and I think it’s purely psychological now: I can actually see my bins getting less crowded. I’m slightly ahead of pace for the goal I set, too, but we’ll see how long that lasts. With the exception of a snow day, I’ll be teaching every weekday until Spring Break, which will very likely use up any energy reserves I might have. But if my students aren’t too demanding, I might still be able to sneak in a book or two :-)

This Week In History: February 23-March 1


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February 23, 1848: The French Revolution of 1848 begins.

February 24, 1809: London’s Drury Lane Theatre burns to the ground, leaving owner Richard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

February 25, 1836: Samuel Colt is granted a US patent for the Colt revolver.

February 26, 1815: Napoleon Bonapart escapes from Elba.

February 27, 1812: Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords.

February 28, 1838: Robert Nelson proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (Quebec).

March 1, 1790: The first US census is authorized.


This Week In History: February 16-22


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February 16, 1899: Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur, Iceland’s first football club, is founded.

February 17, 1753: February 17 is followed by March 1 in Sweden as the country moves from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.

February 18, 1861: Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia assumes the title of King of Italy.

February 19, 1819: British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands.

February 20, 1472: Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.

February 21, 1804: The first self-propelled steam locomotive makes its outing at the Pen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

February 22, 1797: Battle of Fishguard begins in Wales, the last successful invasion of the United Kingdom. The French invasion force surrendered two days later.


Friday Favorite: Tennant and Cumberbatch in Mansfield Park


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Mansfield ParkThey’re back!

Last May, BBC Radio 4 re-aired a radio play of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, in celebration of the novel’s 200th birthday. The cast included David Tennant as Tom, Benedict Cumberbatch as Edmund, and Felicity Jones as Fanny Price.

And now you can have a copy of your very own :-)

Amazon UK has the CD in stock, while has a US release date of March 1. Can’t wait on the American side of the Pond? Audible also has it as a digital download, available now.



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