In 1665, the plague came to the village of Eyam in Derbyshire. Plague carrying fleas nestled in cloth which came from London. Delivered to a local tailor, the fleas would soon spread disease throughout the village. The village would make a choice that would help change our understanding of the spread of dangerous diseases. They would go into quarantine in order to halt the spread. This is their story.
We sit down with Dr John Woolf, the author of The Wonders, to talk about the Victorian Freak Shows and their performers. From Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) to Chang and Eng, we will discuss their lives and also the life of "The Greatest Showman" P.T Barnum. Join us for this discussion about how the Victorians viewed the performers, their alternatives away from the Freak Shows and how some went on to live normal lives after their fame.
Lizzie Borden took an Axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one. This old children's skipping song has been sung ever since Lizzie Borden was put on trial for the Murder of her Father and Step-Mother. However, since then the trials of Lizzie Borden have continued.