History Carnival 86

Welcome one and all to the 86th edition of the History Carnival, and many thanks for all the nominations.

March was Women’s History Month and we had a rich seam of posts about women in history. Let’s open proceedings with the Tenured Radical’s question: It’s Women’s History Month: Do You Know Where The Women’s History Blogs Are?

At Zenobia: Empress of the East, Judith Weingarten explored the life and work (and afterlife) of one of my favourite artists, Judith Leyster, in An Uppity Dutch Master: Part 1 and Part II.

Abigail Quinnley at the Quinnley Stand wrote about the mythology of Lilith, the first wife of Adam, in Original Sin?

At The Vapour Trail, Melissa Bellanta posted on Trained on rashers and ice-pudding: the Victorian skirt dance.

The Women’s History Network Blog published fine posts from various historians throughout the month, so here are just a few of the highlights:

Shall We Go to the Pictures?: Rachel Freeman on the efforts of the Mothers’ Union to “safeguard the morality of society” in the mid-20th century.

In a post for Ada Lovelace Day on 24 March, Katie Barclay looked at Mary Fairfax Somerville, a 19th-century mathematician.

The International Year of the Nurse: Sue Hawkins reminds us that nursing history isn’t all about Florence Nightingale.

Wars, Revolutions and Soldiers

Jack Le Moine at History Moments Serbian Revolt Begins, spotlights the beginning of the Serbian revolt against Ottoman rule in February 1804.

Kevin Levin has been Looking for Silas Chandler, at Civil War Memory and challenging some of the dubious attempts to rewrite the stories of black people who fought for the Confederate states in the American Civil War.

Soldier’s Mail: Letters Home from a New England Doughboy is a fascinating blog posting the letters home to his family of the First World War US Sgt. Sam Avery. On 15 March 1919, he was at Laigne-en-Belin, France.

Tim Abbott unravelled the mystery of the Revolutionary War Service Record of Jacob Maurice De Hart at Walking the Berkshires.

Medicine, Anatomy and Quackery

Øystein Horgmo at The Sterile Eye explores the amazingly detailed anatomical drawings of Jan van Rymsdyk – Drawer of Wombs, illustrator of William Hunter’s “The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus” (1774).

In early modern Europe, the modern science of anatomy was largely founded on the dissected corpses of criminals. Executed Today uncovered a similar story in Japan.

At Civil War Medicine and Writing, Jim Schmidt uncovers Quack Medicine Advertising Disguised as Military History.

Caroline Rance at The Quack Doctor has another story of a quack’s misleading claims, with fatal consequences: The Tragic Story of Ching’s Worm Lozenges.

Religion, Culture and Food

Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs guest-blogged at American Creation on his research on early modern ideas of hierarchical authority.

How could I possibly have resisted a post from the Wellcome Library Blog to celebrate National Pie Week? The crust of it!

Got Medieval skewers some risible research in What’s All This about Super-Sized Last Suppers?

Alun Salt reports on archaeologists’ investigation in Australia of a case of 20th-century aboriginal culture and resistance in Preserving a culture in wild honey.

Closing thoughts

At Past is Present, Christine Graham-Ward recounted how a mundane check on the identity of a copyright holder led to a story of scandal, unrequited love and tragedy in Oregon.

And of course, no Carnival should be without a little crime and mayhem, so we have the real story of Dick Turpin from Dainty Ballerina.

And that’s it for this time! The next History Carnival will be at The Vapour Trail on 1 May. See you there!


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