Aileen Cole Stewart

Stewart, left, poses with other Army nurses outside their quarters at Camp Sherman, Ohio. At the outbreak of the First World War, the woman’s place was primarily the home. This philosophy would change drastically during the war as women increasingly took over men’s jobs in their hundreds, taking on new and challenging roles previously… Continue reading Aileen Cole Stewart

The American Witch Hunt Three Decades Before Salem

When you think of witch trials in the United States what town springs to mind first? Your answer is more than likely Salem. However, some 30 years before the devastating witch trails in Salem came the witch panic in Hartford, Connecticut which would see the deaths of 4 people before its end. Witchcraft was 1… Continue reading The American Witch Hunt Three Decades Before Salem

The Portrayal of Women in Gothic Horror

The Gothic genre became popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries with the first noel of this genre believed to be Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Orrants first published in 1764. One of the most popular novelists of the 18th century was a woman named Ann Radcliffe, author of The Italian and The Mysteries… Continue reading The Portrayal of Women in Gothic Horror

The Lives of the Canonical Five.

(Warning: Contains descriptions of violence.) Life in the East End. The East End of London in the nineteenth century was a place of squalor and poverty, overcrowding, crime, and disease were all rife. Whilst for the upper-class, the area was treated as a sideshow, which they visited for the beer shops and cheap prostitutes, for… Continue reading The Lives of the Canonical Five.