Book Review: Pre Raphaelite Sisterhood by Jan Marsh

32872202Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 11.52.57 AMWho were those women who sat for the Pre-Raphaelite painters? Muses to an exclusively male genius, of tragic stature and uncertain health – were they indeed as passive as their portrait painters and their critics contrived to suggest? Jan Marsh reveals the actual lives behind the myth of the Pre-Raphaelite women: Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Brown, Annie Miller, Fannie Cornforth, Jane Morris and Georgina Burne-Jones. Continue reading “Book Review: Pre Raphaelite Sisterhood by Jan Marsh”

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Book Review: Inside the Wardrobe of Anne Boleyn by Barbara Parker Bell

20572357Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 11.52.57 AMIn this book, we examine Anne Boleyn’s wardrobe in relation to the chronology of her lifetime because—luckily for us—we have records of Anne’s clothes at every stage of her life. From her glittering debut in the Chateau Vert pageant to her final walk to the scaffold, everything is right there in the historical record. We may never know what Anne Boleyn truly looked like, but we can peek into her coffers and chests to admire her furs, velvets, satins and damasks, her headdresses, girdles, and slippers—even her nightgowns—allowing us to effectively re-imagine the clothes worn by this fascinating queen, and to re-imagine the woman herself.  Continue reading “Book Review: Inside the Wardrobe of Anne Boleyn by Barbara Parker Bell”

The Journey Begins!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Hello! Thanks so much for tagging along, welcome to Biographies and Diaries, a blog dedicated to bringing you the best in reviews and posts on non-fiction, biographical and historical fiction novels! My name is Ella and I am the blogger behind this little corner of the internet. I am a ferocious gelato eater, avid reader, history obsessed and historical dressmaking teen from the Northeast. To introduce myself and the blog here is a list of a few fun facts about me: Continue reading “The Journey Begins!”