Childhood illness: A 19th-century catalog of diseases suffered by the Fisher children

This register, found tucked into a family Bible, catalogs childhood diseases and vaccinations of the nine siblings in the Fisher family, who lived in Philadelphia in the nineteenth century. The pages below show the illnesses suffered by Hannah Wharton Fisher (born 1816), her sister Sarah Fox Fisher (b. 1820), their brother William Wharton Fisher (b. 1822), and their brother Thomas Wharton Fisher (b. 1827).

via Childhood illness: A 19th-century catalog of diseases suffered by the Fisher children.

The many faces of mothers in Georgian England

Charlotte Clark:

An excellent article by Joanne Bailey

Originally posted on Joanne Bailey Muses on History:

One of the things I’ve found interesting on joining social media is how many people’s profiles include ‘mother’ and ‘father’ as part of their personal identity, alongside their occupation, their political stance, and their hobbies. Being a parent has long been part of people’s sense of self, but perhaps what struck me most in my research on parenting in the later Georgian period was how parents could draw on lots of different types of parental identity to construct their own. Probably it was the variety open to mothers that is most striking, for I think there is an assumption that maternity was a very fixed ideal and identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially for elite women. Having talked a lot about fathers on my blog so far, here are some of my findings about the mothers I researched.[1]


Mary Robinson, by Gainsborough, 1781. Wikimedia Commons.

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Tudor Monastery Farm

Tudor Monastery Farm

Tudor Monastery Farm

Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn are back with another ‘farm’ series, with new chap Tom Pinfold. This time they are exploring the Tudor Monastery Farm, which was filmed at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. The Tudor period is Ruth’s favourite historical period so expect lots of enthusiasm in this housewife role, whilst Peter and Tom work hard on the farming methods and animals.

This six part series starts on the 13th November 9PM on BBC2.

Politics, Patronage and Prostitution: The Experiences of Medieval Women

Christ Church Special Interest Event | Christ Church, Oxford.

“Every Spring Christ Church holds a Special Interest Weekend open to the public. In April 2014 we are having a single topic weekend on ‘Politics, Patronage and Prostitution: The Experiences of Medieval Women’. This weekend offers the chance to hear papers from a group of specialists on those matters which involved and concerned women generally. By sampling some individuals, such as Christine de Pisan, Heloise, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Joan of Arc, as well as taking a look at the experiences of those less famous, we shall endeavour to answer the question: what was it like for women to live in the medieval world?”

Please click on the above link for more information.