It took a while to put this together, but it was really fun, because some of these are my very favorite books. Count of Monte CristoAlexander Dumas. An orphan boy falls in love with his foster sister.
There are a lot of articles out there with advice on how to research a historical novel, and different writers approach it differently. Pin it for future inspiration!
In late Victorian London, the traffic could get pretty congested. Bicycles… For much of the Victorian era, most bicycles had those huge front wheels. Women rarely rode them, because with their big skirts, it was too hard to mount and dismount. In the s, they began manufacturing bicycles with equal size tires and adult-size tricycles, which women and children could easily ride.
Bicycling became hugely popular before the turn of the century. They were often made of silk, but sometimes made of paper, with hand-painted or printed scenes. You can read a little more about them here. Christmas trees… Christmas was not a big deal at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and a huge celebration by its close.
Handbills… On Victorian city streets, people would hand out flyers advertising performances, restaurants, and sales. Little dogs… Victorian ladies loved their lap dogs, and some of them took the little beasts everywhere they went.
This article has a bunch of great portraits of Victorian women with their dogs. Extravagant hats for ladies… These were a big deal. Top hats… These were popular for decades.
Read more about them here. Hair receivers… Many Victorian ladies had little porcelain containers on their dressers where they put the hair that collected on their hairbrush. I have to say this completely grosses me out.
You can read more about hair receivers here. You can read more about Victorian funeral customs here. For details about a Victorian farm, this BBC show is a great resource. There were a lot of Italian street musicians in particular. Household bells or gongs… In many houses, these would tell you it was time for a meal, or even time to dress for dinner.
Coaches… The rattling of coaches and carriages, along with horse hooves clopping on streets, was so loud in some cities that people had a hard time hearing sermons in church on Sunday mornings. Steam locomotives… the railroad industry exploded during the Victorian era.
Crowing roosters… These would have likely woken you up in the country. Tradespeople would do the same about the services they offered. You can read a little more about it here. The early Singer machines sounded somewhat similar to modern ones. You can read more about it and other Victorian perfumes here.
Any city full of horses and carriages would have smelled of horse dung. Beeswax candles, which were more expensive, smelled better. Smoking around women or on the street, and reeking of smoke, were generally considered bad manners.
You can read more about smoking in the Victorian era here. Pears soap… This transparent soap was popular in 19th century England, and the formula of modern-day Pears is somewhat similar to the original.Set in and around the women's prison at Millbank in Victorian London, Margaret Prior (Anna Madeley - Mr Selfridge, Utopia) has decided to pursue some 'good work' with the lady criminals of one of London's most notorious jails.
Morgan L. Busse - Frankenstein-style Story set in a Victorian Steampunk World.
Posted on 22nd of September, Then when it’s time to write the story, I take a look over my folder and start to develop the story. For example, my first idea for Mark of the Raven (my newest novel coming out November ), I started the folder in August !
Jan 05, · From Victorian Fashion plate: First is early 's daywear dress; The Victorian period, generally the time between and the s, is named after Britain's Queen Victoria, a long lived and highly influential monarch in an era when women had little power or opportunity.
but am also writing a novel set in the s, and was Reviews: Books shelved as victorian-mystery: Silent in the Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn, A Poisoned Season by Tasha Alexander, Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybo Home My Books.
Oct 18, · I'm writing a story set in Victorian London. Is it plausible that I make one of my characters a French policeman in Scotland Yard? Yes, though it is probably easier to make him a Scotland Yard policeman of French decent.
Considering the time period it would be entirely feasible to have him cast as the descendent of a French Huguenot refugee family. Examples of Victorian Era Penmanship.
Examples of Victorian Era Penmanship. Penmanship, or the art of writing by hand, was a skill that Victorian people pride themselves with since their primary mode of communication is writing letters. The penmanship during the Victorian times was called Copperplate. It is a neat, round .