Hello and welcome to my blog tour stop where I’ll be talking about odd things that people used to do in Victorian London. I came up with this post idea because of a few interesting things that happened in The Dark Days Pact. Alison is a master at making history come alive and that was one of my favorite aspects of the book.
This specifically is one historical element that is featured in The Dark Days Pact. Helen is needing information and a lady who knows a lot about a lot of people invites her to go swimming. But back in the day you didn’t just “walk into the water to go swimming” that’s just CRAZY! You got into a bathing machine, changed into your bathing clothes, was rolled out into the water and descended into the water to give you and your company privacy. It also was before co-ed swimming was acceptable so this was how you had your privacy. This was proper etiquette for sea-bathing and of course was more enforced for woman. For more information on bathing machines, click here.
This was NOT featured in The Dark Days Pact but it doesn’t mean the characters would never have gone to Walter Potter’s museum in Bramber, Sussex to see the cute stuffed animals set up mimicking human life. Weird…I know, but also strangely popular.
Here is a fun article highlighting Top 10 Weird Things the Victorians Did for Fun (including séances, fern hunting, mummy unwrapping and more!)
The Victorian Era would definitely been a strange time to live. The social etiquette rules were so over the top and the freedoms especially woman had were so very limited. While doing a bit of research for this post, I came across this hilariously fun Victorian etiquette rules video. Check it out and be grateful you live today instead of then.
In conclusion, I loved The Dark Days Pact because Alison Goodman does an amazing job making the book true to the historical setting, and Lady Helen gets to skirt many of the rules (pun intended 😉) . Things were much more difficult for women in this time but men had their struggles and I loved seeing Helen putting on that role in this book. I highly recommend picking up The Dark Days Club and The Darks Days Pact!
About the Book:
After the scandalous events at her presentation ball in London, Lady Helen has taken refuge at the fashionable seaside resort of Brighton, banished from her family and training as a Reclaimer with the covert Dark Days Club. She must learn to fight the dangerous energy-wielding Deceivers and prepare to face their master, the elusive Grand Deceiver. As she struggles to put aside her genteel upbringing, Helen realizes that her mentor, Lord Carlston, is fighting his own inner battle. Has the foul Deceiver energy poisoned his soul, or is something else driving him towards violent bouts of madness? Either way, Helen is desperate to help the man with whom she shares a deep but forbidden connection.
When Mr. Pike, the hard bureaucratic heart of the Dark Days Club, arrives in Brighton, he has a secret mission for Helen: find the journal left by a mad rogue Reclaimer, before it falls into the hands of the Deceivers. Coerced by Pike, Helen has no choice but to do as ordered, knowing that the search for the journal may bring about Lord Carlston’s annihilation.
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