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The Thrilling Tales of a Remarkable Young Lady

Kate had just come into society, not yet sixteen, the daughter of an earl, when she unknowingly became a courier for the British Secret Service. Then, through circumstances and desire, their first Lady clandestine operative, carrying out tasks from 1849 to 1855.

Discover a little about those missions of high adventure. Join Kate as she uses her intellect, charm, and aplomb, and her brother's fantastic inventions, to work her way through each desperate situation.


Kate Tattersall Adventures in India, late Autumn 1849

In which the Adventuress, flushed with her early success, takes on a much more perilous tasking that would have been far beyond most ladies, or men, of her day.


Kate Tattersall Adventures in Ireland, Spring and Summer 1850

In which the Adventuress adopts a new disguise, experiences failure, and out of necessity acts most unladylike.

Content Advisory

Similar to the sensational Penny Dreadfuls of the Victorian era, these adventures contain mature themes and violence. We recommend them as suitable for young adults, and adults of all ages who are young at heart.



Victorian Make-up Recipes; powders, lip salves, creams, & other cosmetics of the 1800s


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British Currency During the Victorian Era; knowing your farthings from your florins


In 1971 British currency went through a decimalization process (10 pence in a shilling, and 10 shillings in a pound) simplifying notation, pricing, and spending. This article will provide a breakdown of the old monetary system, concentrating on the Victorian era and the various coins that existed and were used in Britain, and touch on those minted for colonial holdings. There were changes during the 1800s that will be included. I will not cover every facet of what is a vast subject. The coins are all depicted at the same size, so please refer to the descriptions for actual diameters. What follows isn’t┬ánecessarily intended to be read from top to bottom, but as a reference guide for each coin.


Cane Guns; Victorian concealed firearms of gentlemen & cads


The common accessory of the Victorian gentleman was a cane, walking stick, or umbrella. With the improvement of metallurgy and precision firearms came the development of cane guns. Many were crafted during the late percussion era (1840-70), but most are from the early cartridge era (late 1850) and onwards. Often referred to as poacher’s guns, the high cost of these “canes” put them far beyond the reach of common people, and were instead carried by the wealthy, who may have used them for occasional opportunistic hunting. However, as with swordsticks and blades hidden within umbrellas (and parasols for the ladies), the cane guns served as deadly concealed weapons for a gentleman who didn’t want to carry a pistol…