Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

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Random Historical Facts: General History

A bride price is the money paid to the father by the groom to compensate for the loss of work his daughter does for the family.  This money was usually paid before the contract could be concluded.

Posted 06/15/2011

A dowry was provided by the bride’s father to compensate the future husband for the upkeep of his daughter.  Eventually this became the bride’s inheritance and was paid to the groom or his family.  It was usually returned if the groom was not satisfied with the bride.

Posted 06/15/2011

Italians were the first Europeans to use Chinese black powder to manufacture fireworks.

Posted 07/01/2011

The light inside a modern refrigerator gives off more illumination than was enjoyed by most households in the 18th century.

Posted 04/15/2012

A good candle provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100-watt light bulb.

Posted 12/01/2012

Smallpox was so-called to distinguish it from the great pox, or syphilis.

Posted 01/15/2013

It wasn’t until 2016 that a widow in England could in her own right inherit her husband’s life insurance policy.

Posted 03/15/2019