The Bastille Stormed and Liberated!


THE BASTILLE STORMED AND LIBERATED! Below is the original report from The World newspaper a few days after the events in Paris on the 14th July, 1789.  PARIS (By Express on Saturday Evening.) THE ACCOUNTS we have published, we trust, have asserted the usual good authority which THIS PAPER has to boast. Each succeeding day confirms our…

Turner’s oil painting to remain at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.


In 1809, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851) stood on the High Street of Oxford, his view bordered either side by the high collegiate buildings of University College, the Warden’s House of all Souls and the University Church. In the faint distance, Carfax Tower rises subtly through the haze of the low horizon. It is easy…

Bonaparte Defeated – A Great Victory at Waterloo!


ON the 18th day of this month, Bonaparte’s army was gloriously defeated near Waterloo. His grace the Duke of Wellington communicated the following dispatch to Earl Bathurst reporting on the VICTORY: “To Earl Bathurst. Waterloo, 19th June’ 1815. MY LORD Buonaparte, having collected the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th corps of the French army, and…

Rakish Highwayman ‘Wanted’ t-shirts in the new Huzzar store


WANTED! T-shirt with the Rakish Highwayman emblazoned on the front. Some of you asked, so we listened. So now you can wear your very own wanted poster. Wear it with pride to either support or condemn that most scandalous of gentlemen, viz. the RAKISH HIGHWAYMAN. Also available are other items, including a range of mugs to…

In the General Evening Post (London) July 2.


*CLICK IMAGE OF NEWS-SHEET TO ENLARGE* Copyright Rob Lucas 2014 This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product  of the author’s imagination, or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or business establishments is entirely coincidental.

On the drink of collapse


Drunk for a penny, dead drunk for twopence. VICKY LEECH explores the history of gin – the drink that brought down the 18th century, and brought up many stomachs.  IT WAS IN BATTLE that gin was first served to Englishmen. It was with the help of “Dutch courage” that the English fought the Spanish on behalf…

The Dangers of [Georgian] Vanity


Keep your wig on but don’t let your face fall off! Dr Lindsey Fitzharris explores the toxic world of Georgian makeup. The other day, I walked through the makeup section of a department store just outside of Chicago. Every step of the way, I was bombarded by sales attendants trying to sell me the latest anti-aging potions….