Welcome to Dirty, Sexy History!
There’s a lot more to history than what you’ve read in your high school textbooks. While it’s easy to imagine that people of the past were chaste, polite, and generally morally superior to the people of today, that’s just not the case.
Every period had its villains and vices. This blog aims to look beyond the sanitized and the idealized to the dirty reality of human history. What do I mean by dirt?
Literal: Filth, disease, parasites, blood, shit, and all kinds of other things you wouldn’t want in your carpet
Figurative: Crime, violence, madness, the occult, and scandal
Moral: Sex, contraception, drugs, drunkenness, gambling, and bad behavior
This is going to be a new kind of history blog. Let’s skip to the good stuff* together.
When Jessica Cale isn’t writing posts about poison and venereal disease, she writes heavily-researched historical romance full of hookers, highwaymen, and all the good stuff mentioned above. She holds a BA (Hons) in Ancient and Medieval History and an MFA in Creative and Media Writing from Swansea University and has contributed to BBC History, History Vault, The Guardian, Subtext, Plugged In, and The Libertine, among others. She enjoys music, filthy accents, and shouting at historical dramas.
Visit her personal blog for fiction guest posts, updates, reviews, contact details, and more about her books here. She is a member of The Bluestocking Belles, and you can find out more about them and their latest projects here. Jessica will be appearing alongside some other outstanding authors in her first non-fiction publication, In Bed With the British, coming out in late 2017 from Pen & Sword. She is a member of the Royal Historical Society.
Dr. John V.P. Jenkins is a historian and editor from London. He earned his BA, Master’s, and Doctorate at Swansea University, in spite of a certain American pinching his books to research her naughty stories. A keen musician, he married his drummer (above) and lives with her in North Carolina. His research interests include education, youth, and courtship in history. He is a freelance editor and tweets at @JVPolsomJenkins.
*It’s all good stuff