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“Kitne aadmi the” (Sholay, 1975), “Mogambo khush hua!” (Mr. India, 1989) and “Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra” (Bobby, 1973). What do all those lines have in common? If you’re an avid Hindi film viewer you’ll have no trouble figuring out that these famous history defining lines were spoken by some of the most influential villainous character of our cinema. Whilst many outsiders think that Indian cinema is all about romance, dance and music, little do they know that our writers are able to…

“Kitne aadmi the” (Sholay, 1975), “Mogambo khush hua!” (Mr. India, 1989) and “Prem naam hai mera, Prem Chopra” (Bobby, 1973). What do all those lines have in common? If you’re an avid Hindi film viewer you’ll have no trouble figuring out that these famous history defining lines were spoken by some of the most influential villainous character of our cinema. Whilst many outsiders think that Indian cinema is all about romance, dance and music, little do they know that our writers are able to…

A history blog that looks beyond the sanitized and the idealized to the dirty reality of human history. Villains, Vice, Sex, Politics, and more.

A history blog that looks beyond the sanitized and the idealized to the dirty reality of human history. Villains, Vice, Sex, Politics, and more.

Caroline, Countess of Harrington and the New Female Coterie. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research for my book In Bed With the Georgians and one of the things I found really fascinating concerned what was known as The New Female Coterie. It wa…

Caroline, Countess of Harrington and the New Female Coterie. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research for my book In Bed With the Georgians and one of the things I found really fascinating concerned what was known as The New Female Coterie. It wa…

Attempted Mass Murder at Sea: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson. When 208 passengers boarded the William & Mary in March 1853, they had no idea of the drama that would ensue after the ship set sail from Liverpool for New Orleans, or that violence and murder …

Attempted Mass Murder at Sea: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson. When 208 passengers boarded the William & Mary in March 1853, they had no idea of the drama that would ensue after the ship set sail from Liverpool for New Orleans, or that violence and murder …

The Tourist Trade was Murder in Victorian England. Today we have CSI: Every City in America and then Some. Patricia Cornwell makes a killing with her Scarpetta series. People binge watch Making of a Murderer. But in Victorian England, citizens had …

The Tourist Trade was Murder in Victorian England. Today we have CSI: Every City in America and then Some. Patricia Cornwell makes a killing with her Scarpetta series. People binge watch Making of a Murderer. But in Victorian England, citizens had …

The Rakehell in Fact and Fiction. A Rake’s Progress, Hogarth (1732-33). This progress was a series of eight paintings by William Hogarth showing the decline and fall of a man who wastes his money on luxurious living, sex, and…

The Rakehell in Fact and Fiction. A Rake’s Progress, Hogarth (1732-33). This progress was a series of eight paintings by William Hogarth showing the decline and fall of a man who wastes his money on luxurious living, sex, and…

Must Love Machetes: The Legend of Pirate Anne Bonny. 18th Century History. Anne Bonny was born in Cork around 1690 to lawyer William McCormac and his servant, Mary Brennan. The scandal of Anne’s birth caused her father to lose much of his practice as well as his wife, so …

Must Love Machetes: The Legend of Pirate Anne Bonny. 18th Century History. Anne Bonny was born in Cork around 1690 to lawyer William McCormac and his servant, Mary Brennan. The scandal of Anne’s birth caused her father to lose much of his practice as well as his wife, so …

Death in the Walls: How Scheele's Green Poisoned Victorian Britain. Arsenic. Now held up by some as people of taste, the Victorians were magpies, associating clutter, knickknacks, and complicated patterns with comfort. Minimalism was not part of the conversation, and behind…

Death in the Walls: How Scheele's Green Poisoned Victorian Britain. Arsenic. Now held up by some as people of taste, the Victorians were magpies, associating clutter, knickknacks, and complicated patterns with comfort. Minimalism was not part of the conversation, and behind…

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