October 7th, 2010

Victorian political attitudes

This is kind of a bizarre question, and I don't really know where to look for an answer... OK, in a story I'm writing, people from the future are trying to turn the Victorian-era British Empire into a world-dominating theocracy to put a stop to technological advancement (to prevent the AI and posthumans that are about to destroy humanity in the future from ever having been created). Since it's probably important, they're willing to present the theocracy on Anglican lines at first (they eventually intend to turn it into something very different, but to sweeten the bait...) Question: what would the knee-jerk objection of an upper middle class, politically moderate Victorian be to this? Would it be based on liberty and religious freedom like nowadays? What would their political 'buzzwords' be? I can find a lot of "large scale" stuff about politics of that era, but I really don't get a feel for their actual political attitudes, beliefs...

Search terms: Victorian politics, Victorian political attitudes (these gave me mostly Victoria, Australia stuff); Victorian England politics, Victorian England political attitudes
Starry Trekky Night

Treating burnt feet in Viking Era

So I've been quibbling over asking for a few days, only long  enough to all me to go check other entries and I haven't quite found an exact answe to my questions.

The setting of my story is a Viking Village, of a fantasy setting and my MC(Blacksmith's apprentice) has just been called out for unsavory conduct. As expected, he submits to the judgement of his chief and peers and they call out for him to submit to an ordeal. To humiliate him more, they attempt to force him to face a women's ordeal (Retrieving a stone from a boiling pot)
Unwilling to take this slight he kicks over the pot, puts out the flames and drives a pair of swords into the coals until they're red hot about(200 to 300 degree centigrade ) and walks over them to prove his merit.
 If his wounds are uninfected by day three, he'll be absolved of his crime.

Now my questions are,
1. What could he do to keep the wounds from festering?  He's got extensive knowledge of fire and how to deal with it's effects but it's the first time he's been burnt intentionally.
2. How long would it take to heal?
3. What could he do for the pain. He's going to be on his own except for his minor interaction with villiagers so any care has to be administered on his own.

I've checked old posts in the community about 2nd degree burns and  
Googled "premodern burn treatment" Viking Burn treatment" "Viking Treatment for Burns" and Viking medicine"
Wiki'ed "2nd degree burns" "Burn treatment" 
Checked our these sites http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/medicine.shtml 

Any suggestions, help or ideas would be wonderful. I'm not worred about scarring, maiming or killing my MC, but I want to be able to clear his name ie keep his wound from getitng infected for just three days.
Thanks for any and all help you can give.
Full Moon Wo Sagashite

Boarding school and vacations.

I'm writing a story set in a steampunkish fantasy world. One of the characters go to a boarding school in an England inspired country.

I would like said character (who comes from a far, far away town) to spend his vacations at the school for several plot reasons. But I don't know how ridiculous this idea is. Even though it's my worlds and I make the rules, I wouldn't like to break willing supension of disbelief. Much.

So, in real life, are there boarding schools that allow students to spend almoust the whole year there as long as they pay well enough? Or maybe summer courses students can attend?

I googled, and googled and found nothing.

I used the words: "boarding school" "boarding school" + "vacations", "boarding schools in UK", "boarding schools + UK + vacations "spending their vacations at boarding school" and several variations of these words.

Could someone please help me? Please and thanks!
  • emilyia

Job for upper-class woman in 1910

Setting: Australia, 1910-1919.
Terms googled: upper class women 1900 work, upper class women ww1 work, nursing school australia 1910, florence nightingale school and variants. Also looked through the tags here, which helped immensely for other areas of my story

I'm looking to find information on what an upper-class, married, governess-educated woman in 1910 (aged 17) would do for a job. She isn't the sort who needs to work, but she's thumbing her nose at her guardian - not in a way that would get her disowned, but in an effort to prove that she is semi-independent (which she really isn't). I was hoping not to have her be a nurse before WWI broke out but this is an option. I also found information about upper class women becoming authors, which is also a possibility, but it's one I'm not too fond of. If you have any suggestions, it would be wonderful - thank you for taking the time to read this!