Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Welcome to History Undressed!

I love history and have long been known as a history nerd...to me it is just so much fun, and the way things were done has changed so much over the years. I am fascinated by historical leaders, castles, food, the clothes, the languages, the books, the religion, just about everything!

Historical fashion has long been an interest, or maybe even an obsession of mine. Clothing has changed so much over the centuries. Could you imagine Queen Elizabeth or even a Viking wearing a pair of Levi's? All facets of historical clothing interest me, not just what's on the outside, but what's underneath as well! I mean what was under that gown, that kilt, that tunic? I want to know all about the clothes, the accessories, the fabrics, the time period, and why they were worn. There used to be so many rules about clothing. We still have rules about clothing today, well really they're more like guidelines. I mean you wouldn't wear a tux to do your gardening, or wear a bathing suit to a wedding, but that would be really funny to see...

We will also be discussing other less known historical facts. This is history undressed! We will discuss scandals, gossip, etiquette, eating habits, recipes, and the list goes on and on!

How exactly did they bake a pie with live birds in it? What were the dance steps? Where did they go to the bathroom? How do you clean a dirt floor? How did they keep warm when it snowed? How did a lady walk down the street without getting her skirt dirty? These are just a few of the questions I'm going to answer.

The time period of discussion will be roughly the years 1100 - 1850.

I will be blogging on Mondays, so look for my first blog then, and please don't hesitate to leave comments, questions or interesting facts!

Also I've started a link list for great sites with information, if you have one to add, please leave me a comment and I will add it to the list!


Eliza Knight

15 comments:

Kimberly Killion said...

Hi Eliza!
This blog really interests me. I have to commend your efforts and will be sure to visit often.
~Kimberly

Eliza Knight said...

Thanks Kimberly! That is great to hear!

Lexi said...

Cool idea for a blog, Eliza!

Pat Shagoury said...

Hi Eliza, Sounds like you have your very enjoyable work cut out for you. Happy researching!
-Pat

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you Lexi and Pat! It should be a blast!

Holly Greenfield said...

This sounds great! I can't wait until Monday!

Gerri said...

I love your blog, Eliza! The topics in your polls were so interesting, it was difficult to select only one. :D

Julia Templeton said...

Great idea, Eliza! I look forward to reading your posts.
~Julia~

Tracey Devlyn said...

Hi Eliza! I just found your blog (obviously!). I'm always looking for new ways to find research materials. Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

Hi Eliza, great blog. I have a blog called Scandalous Women about some of history's most fascinating and notorious women at http://scandalouswoman.blogspot.com

nodnarb said...

So, is that where the question "is that a banana in your pocket or are you happy to see me" came from?

Chicks of Characterization said...

Hey ELiza,
I loved this! AND the photos, especially Johnathan Rhys Myers, YUMMY, I had to wipe the drool off my chin too! Thanks for sharing this, it comes in handy!! Hey, any idea when The Tudors will be coming back on???

Andrea

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I'm so glad that everyone loves it!

The Tudors will be coming back on March 30th at 9pm. I can't wait!!

Beth Trissel said...

Eliza, I loved your blend of wit and wisdom. Very interesting and so well done. Thanks! I'm glad I've found you.

Eliza Knight said...

Thank you so much Beth! I'm glad you found me too! :)