True Medieval Bra and Underwear?

Historical clothing is another on of those things that fascinates me, so when I came across this, I just couldn’t resist sharing. The most interesting thing about this, to me at least, is how modern these garment appear.

True Medieval Bra and Underwear? — What do you think?

Photo By University Innsbruck Archeological Institute

… Archaeologists from the University of Innsbruck found (in 2008–only now hitting headlines) what appears to be several linen bras and a pair of underwear while excavating at Lemburg Castle in Tyrol. They were stuffed inside a vault in the south wing, along with old shoes, a codpiece and some shirts–one can only imagine what would possess someone to shove these items into a vault…

Now, the thing is… We don’t really know if these are bras and underwear. There is no doubt, since they did a carbon dating, that the garments are from some 600 years ago. The underwear resembles a string bikini — not unlike what was worn by some men. And the “bra” itself, designed of linen, lace and other adornments. There looks to be a spot where a backstrap could have been–torn edges make it seems so. But if you look around the front at the bottom of the piece, it is also torn–looks as though it has come off of a corset or kirtle–which was a long tightly fitted smock that was worn under gowns, sometimes tied tight to give support.

What do you think?

via History Undressed: True Medieval Bra and Underwear? — What do you think?.

Other History Articles worth the read this week:

Introducing Lady Susan Vernon

Indie Jane hosted my plug for my favorite unsung Austen novel, Lady Susan.

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Introducing Lady Susan Vernon

By IndieJane On August 24, 2012 · 3 Comments · In Friday Fun

I would like to introduce you to my favorite, little known Regency work Lady Susan, by Jane Austen. The most remarkable thing about this short, epistolary novel is how very modern it sounds. Possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871, after Jane Austen’s death, Lady Susan is almost entirely unlike her better-known pieces.

What makes it so different? In modern terms, it is a train wreck. Imagine if you will The Real Housewives of… or The Bad Girl’s Club ‘reality’ shows. Now picture them set in Regency era London. A little hard to wrap your head around perhaps, but it does give you a feel for the book that starts off with a startling character that you love to hate and just can’t take your eyes off.

via Introducing Lady Susan Vernon | Indie Jane.

Get to know Anne Barnhill

 I have recently gotten to know author Anne Barnhill and I would love for you to get to know her too.  Her personal story is as fascinating as her novels and she has stopped by today to share a little bit of both.  Anne Barnhill

  • When did you first start writing?

I’ve been interested in writing since I was a child and scribbled poems in all my notebooks.  In junior high, I continued this habit, writing really terrible, sappy love poems.  I was a great reader early on and have always been intrigued with stories of all kinds.  In college, I grew more serious about my writing and began to dream of being a writer.

  • What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?

My grade school efforts are long gone.  I still have a couple of things from high school and a few from college.  My profs read some of my work and were very encouraging, as were a couple of high school teachers.  It has taken me a long time to develop as a writer; life got in the way.

  • Your first book was a nonfiction, about your sister. What made you decide to write that book and what effect did writing it have on you.

            I always knew I’d write about my sister, Becky, who is autistic.  I thought I would write a novel about our childhood, but when I was in graduate school, I took a creative nonfiction class with Paul Wilkes.  He wanted us to choose a project that could become a book.  Writing about my sister was the last topic I gave him, after spending weeks trying to find one he liked.  I didn’t really want to write about it, but he insisted.  I’m glad he did because writing the memoir really healed a lot of places within me.  My sister and I had some hard times because she was misdiagnosed.  Back then, autism was not heard of the way it is now.  So, our childhood was spent trying to find the right school, system, magic pill to fix her problems, for which there really was no fix.  We were separated for about four years and that held a lot of pain for both of us.  There are a lot of tears in that book. Continue reading

The Book Rat: In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace

Misty at the Book Rat hosted me this week as part of her Austen in August event.   Hop on over and check it out.

In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace

Earlier this week, you got to read an excerpt and enter to win a copy of Maria Grace’s Darcy’s Decision; today Maria is back, and she’s asking one specific question:Was Lady Russell Really at Fault?

Of all the characters in Persuasion, I have a feeling that Lady Russell is one of the least loved. I think many readers believe Lady Russell is at fault for persuading Anne to refuse Wentworth’s first proposal. It seems so clear, she is class conscious, snobby and should not have interfered in Anne’s life so freely. However, a closer look at the text suggests that perhaps there might have been more to Lady Russell’s advice than class-consciousness and indifference to Anne’s wishes. What possible motives might Lady Russell have had that would justify her near disastrous advice to Anne?

via The Book Rat: In Defense of: Lady Russell ~ guest post from Maria Grace.

Search Google with an image in four simple steps

As a follow up to my post a couple of weeks ago, Blogger Beware, I wanted to offer some help in tracking down the sources of photos you find on the web. You can perform Google Searches with an image and look for where else that image occurs online.  That can sometimes take you back to the origins of the image and the license holder for it.
The process is pretty simple and straight forward.  Here is a step by step guide.

1. Get the url for the image you want to do the search on.

To do this,  right click on the image and a drop down menu will appear like the one below.  Select ‘Copy Image location.’

copu image url

2. In your browser, type in

That will take you to a page that looks like this.

go to

3.  Go to the search box and paste in the url you copied in step 1.

You can right click and select paste to do this. Then click the blue magnifying glass button.

paste url into search box

4. Search through your results list.

It will look something like this.  At the bottom of the list there will often be a list of similar images you can search as well. This may be useful if the image you are searching has been photo shopped. image search results


by Maria Grace © 2013, all rights reserved

First Review for The Future Mrs. Darcy is out at Indie Jane

Review and Giveaway: The Future Mrs. Darcy

by Rebecca Fleming On August 13, 2012 · 20 Comments · In Giveaways, Review

I had no idea what sort of story I’d be reading when I started Maria Grace’s The Future Mrs. Darcy. I suppose I expected to meet up with Elizabeth and Darcy, watching them muddle through their tangled impressions and misunderstandings. You know, typical P&P fare. What I got was a unique and new take on the classic story. In Maria’s story (the second installment, but it reads okay as a stand-alone, to me anyway), the chronology is quite “mixed up” – and we encounter the Bennets and their misadventures before Darcy and Bingley ever arrive at Netherfield Park. Amazing, right? When I realized that this whole story was spinning out without the appearance of Darcy, I was very curious to see how this was going to work. But it definitely did work.

Read the rest at  Review and Giveaway: The Future Mrs. Darcy | Indie Jane.

Get to know Philippa Jane Keyworth

I’d like to introduce you all to a new author today, Philippa Jane Keyworth. Her first book, The Widow’s Redeemer, will be coming out later this year.  I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I have.


When did you first start writing?

I don’t really remember when I started writing to be honest. All I know is that I used to write stories on pretty much every scrap of paper and in every notebook I could find. The first full-length story I wrote was started at 12 and finished by 15.

What did you do with your earliest efforts? Did anyone read them? Did you still have them?

I have all the stories I’ve ever written (at least I think so) They’re in a big lever-arch file in a trunk with all my keepsakes and there are others in about four different notebooks on my bookshelf. My first book, which was a complete rip-off of the Animal Ark books, is written on notebook pages in various coloured glitter gel pens and tied up with gold string:

There are some which no one but me has read and a few which my dedicated friends, who have struggled past the grammar and mistakes, seem to like.

What made you choose to write in the genres/time periods you write in?

Well, I write in both the Regency Romance genre and Fantasy. The Regency Romance came about because my parents had a lodger who had Pride and Prejudice the BBC version on VHS and they let me watch it. Since then I’ve always liked Jane Austen but found her hard to read until I was older. I then found Georgetter Heyer whose work I love and after thinking I wasn’t clever enough to write a Regency I just suddenly one day decided, ‘Yes, I will write one and just see how it turns out!’

The Fantasy stories I write come more from my imagination. It’s always been vivid ever since I was a child and I guess growing up reading Brian Jacques Redwall and the Oswain and Narnia tales just made it overflow to writing my own myths and legends. The negative side of that imagination is that I do get rather worried about things as my ever-patient husband would tell you! Continue reading

French Dip Roast Beef For The Crock Pot

My poor oven is on the fritz right now, but the family still wants to eat. So it’s been lots of crock pot meals recently. So I’ve been scouring my sources for new, healthy, and good tasting crock pot recipes. This one was a huge winner on all counts AND it made two meals which was a wonderful added bonus.

We don’t like rosemary much around here, though, so I just left that spice out. and it still tasted great.


French Dip for the Crock Post


Servings: 12

3 1/2-4 lbs boneless chuck roast

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 beef bouillon cube

1 bay leaf

3 -4 peppercorns

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

12 French rolls, split


Place roast in a 5-quart slow cooker. Combine soy sauce and next 6 ingredients.Pour over roast.

Add water to slow cooker until roast is almost covered. Cook, covered, on LOW for 7 hours or until very tender.

Remove roast, reserving broth. Shred roast with a fork and serve on sandwich rolls with the broth on the side for dipping.

via French Dip Roast Beef For The Crock Pot Recipe – – 103403.

Blogger Beware

This has been all over the blogosphere in the last week. It is such a big issue though, I thought it appropriate to share. Don’t let this happen to you!

From The Writer’s Guide to E-publishing

…Bloggers can be sued for using photos on their blog that aren’t their own. Does that sound far-fetched? It isn’t. The very reason Roni (Loren) blogged about it was because it happened to her. Like many of us, she found an image on the web, used it with her post, aicon of a photographernd went on her merry way.

Until the copyright owner of the photo approached her, demanding a sum of money for her use of the photo. Enter lawyers, money, and a very nasty situation — all because of one photo.

Like Roni, I assumed I was okay using web images under Fair Use. But as she points out in her post, even if you attribute the photo, link to the source, and post a disclaimer (among other things), you are not protected unless you have got ‘express PERMISSION from the copyright holder OR are using pics that are public domain, creative commons, etc’ (quote from Roni).

Read the rest at Blogger Beware.


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