The Trial of Oscar Wilde

On 3 April 1895, the trial of Oscar Wilde on charges of libel against the Marquess of Queensberry began. By the end of it, Wilde would be bankrupt and facing charges of sodomy and gross indecency, leading to his eventual imprisonment. Wilde v. Queensberry (yes, Wilde was the prosecution in the case) essentially stemmed from the fact that his boyfriend’s dad didn’t like him. Wilde … Continue reading The Trial of Oscar Wilde

Downton Dish: Turbot in Champagne Sauce

There’s a lot going on at Downton these days, but one of the more intriguing plotlines is the slow-motion trainwreck that is Thomas’s crush on Jimmy. I never thought I’d say this, but oh, Thomas, you poor man. O’Brien has you in her sights and she’s going to squash you like a bug. And honestly, did the whole Oscar Wilde trial (which would have all gone down within your lifetime) teach you nothing?

It’s impossible (for me, at least) to watch this without thinking of the great wit and writer, so this week’s recipe is inspired by him. Unsurprisingly, his favourite tipple was champagne—he drank it constantly, but I’ve already done champagne cocktail, so let’s go a different route, shall we? Champagne is more than just a delicious drink; the Edwardians loved using it in sauces, like this one. It’s also said to be an aphrodisiac, so it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day! Surprise your sweetie with this delicious, sophisticated dish.

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With a Friend Like This, Who Needs Enemies?

It probably wasn’t considered very remarkable that the Marchioness of Queensberry gave birth to her third son on October 22, 1870. But that third boy, Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, would later start a scandalous affair with none other than Oscar Wilde, destroying the career of one of the world’s most famous playwrights. There was something about the Douglas family—misfortune seemed to find them. A decade … Continue reading With a Friend Like This, Who Needs Enemies?