Free Stuff Friday! (I am aware that it is Sunday)

So, I meant to post this on Friday but I ran out of time. Never mind: Friday’s loss is Sunday’s gain! I proclaim it Free Stuff Friday, the day on which I talk about things that are both good and free and which are related to history.

This week’s free history stuff, at least for me, has been related to my shiny new Kindle, for which all sorts of free crap is available. I believe there are various Kindle apps, so you can read .mobi files on whatever, so even if you aren’t in tiresome love with a new device you can read these things. My current list includes such gems of 19th-century relevance as:

  • Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles
  • Old English Sports, Pastimes and Customs
  • Authentic Narrative of the Death of Lord Nelson
  • The History, Manufacture and Religious Symbolism of the Scarabaeus, in Ancient Egypt, Phoenicia, Sardinia, Etruria, etc.
  • The Life and Adventures of Nat Love Better Known in the Cattle Trade as Deadwood Dick
  • The Mormon Menace
  • The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido For the Suppression of Piracy

So yeah, if you have access to a Kindle app or Kindle and you like obscure 19th-century historical narratives, you could do a lot worse than to go to the Kindle store, select “history” and sort from £0 up.

The second thing, and one that I’ve talked about before, is The Appendix.  I have only been reading this little online history journal for a little while, but I am in love with any publication that includes a history of tattoo removal and a discussion of the 17th-century porn-educational tract The School of Venus. (Not safe for work, which is not bad for the 17th century)

My question to you is: what is your favourite free history thing? I know there’s a lot of great material out there on the web that I don’t know about, so share the ones you like the most with me. What should I have seen that I haven’t seen? Answer in the comments below, and the best answer will receive a Gonzo History prize pack full of … well, full of cheap junk. But hey, who doesn’t like prizes?


Free Stuff Friday! (I am aware that it is Sunday)

2 thoughts on “Free Stuff Friday! (I am aware that it is Sunday)

  1. I discovered this on Saturday, but it’s possibly the greatest thing ever.

    In Basildon there is a shop that gives away books. For free. All the books. As many as you want.

    Basically it’s a save-old-library-books-from-landfill charity, giving away books rather than composting them. The thing is it’s not just paperback fiction: it’s everything. Leather-bound complete editions of the Encyclopaedia Brittannica. Histories. Old books! Old lovely books! LOVELY BOOKS!

    Also, the fiction is rad. I picked up a book (which you can have) about… well, I think it’s about the Nazis using tanks possessed by Satan? And also there’s a Hardy Boys rip-off called “The Secret of Skeleton Island”, which sadly is not ‘it’s made of skeletons’, but is full of little pictures of 50s diners and gangsters with fedoras going ‘if I ties you to a chair, you stay tied, see!’.

    Basically I was in there for five minutes and already had my hands full, but left with about six books, including a complete biography of David Ben-Gurion on Hebrew.

    Fun times.

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