The March of Intellect

It might be 1 April but there are no fools in the history blogosphere if the last month is anything to go by. I’m pleased to present History Carnival 132, showcasing some of the fascinating blog posts published in March.

Thank you to all who submitted articles for inclusion. The next History Carnival will be at Michelle Higgs’s A Visitor’s Guide to Victorian England on 1 May, so do nominate your own posts to reach new readers – or nominate someone else’s to show your appreciation for their work!

March was, of course, Women’s History Month, so the carnival begins with a celebration of the wealth of blogging that highlighted the life experiences and achievements of women of all eras. And this is just a small selection – check out Women’s History Carnival too for an ongoing round-up of women’s and gender history posts.

Women Printers of the 17th Century

  • At The History of Emotions blog, Amanda Herbert shows how a gift of quince marmalade can deepen our understanding of female alliances in early modern England.

Bessie Coleman

  • A happier outcome prevailed for the anonymous woman in Lisa Smith’s post at Wonders and Marvels, whose fears about a false pregnancy illuminate early modern experiences of fertility.
  • Isabella Bradford, one half of the Two Nerdy History Girls, reveals the construction of that 1780s fashion, the false rump – aka That Big Georgian Bum.
  • When we talk about the ‘War Poets’, says Miranda Brennan at Lives of the First World War, we often think of soldiers. But the Voluntary Aid Detachment also had its talented writers, and Miranda introduces four of them in her post War Poets of the VAD.
  • And in the London Review of Books Mary Beard examines the historical pattern for the ongoing silencing of the public voice of women. The transcript accompanies her lecture ‘Oh Do Shut Up Dear!’, which is also available to watch via the link.

Dingbat from The Lays of the Colleges

  • Lisa Smith makes a second appearance in the Carnival too – her discussion of the nurturing side of early modern fatherhood coins the wonderful term ‘Medicinal Plaister Papas’ for dads who stepped up to the responsibilities of caring for their children.

The March of Intellect

  • How did a cartoonist of 1829 predict the ‘progress’ of technology? Georgian Gentleman Mike Rendell  zooms in on the detail of William Heath’s ironically titled  March of Intellect 
  • In the American History Association’s Perspectives on History Magazine, Lillian Guerra provides an enlightening discussion of the legacy of slavery and why Caribbean history matters.
  • After the abolition of slavery in the US, thousands of Confederates emigrated to Brazil. But as Ian Curry writes at Vaguely Interesting, they didn’t manage to perpetuate the slave-owning way of life.


AcousticonYou might expect a lot of history of medicine posts here at The Quack Doctor, but that’s not just because it’s my area of interest. No – it’s because histmed and histsci bloggers are really on the ball about nominating!

  • A more useful member of the pond life community is, of course, the leech, and K A Woytonik blogged at Khronikos about the history of blood-letting.
  • Meanwhile the Chirugeon’s Apprentice, Lindsey Fitzharris, investigates the history of dentures and the stigma surrounding ‘Waterloo teeth’.


Well it’s time for me to sling my hook now and get back to my usual task of rooting out the typographical treasures of the medical advertising past. Have a great month and we’ll see you next time over at A Visitor’s Guide.