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Aug 26, 2020

"once a clergyman, always a clergyman" [SOLI] 

We see influences of religion here and there in the Sherlock Holmes stories. From Biblical references in "The Crooked Man" to the then-mysterious religion of Mormonism, we see the world of Holmes and Watson as it occasionally intersects with these influences. 
But what...

Aug 19, 2020

"in the capacity of governess" [SIGN] 

Sherlock Holmes had a number of clients who were women, and in certain cases, they were gainfully employed. In her article in The Sherlock Holmes Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, Patsy Dalton takes us through some of these clients.
What was the status of the "working girl" at the time,...

Aug 12, 2020

"My old friend Charlie Peace was a violin virtuoso" [ILLU] 

No, Charlie Peace was not a colleague of Norman Neruda or Sarasate. He was a notorious criminal, convicted of killing a policeman and the husband of a neighbor with whom he became obsessed.
How did Sherlock Holmes know him? Were they acquainted through the...

Aug 5, 2020

“I have made a small study of tattoo marks” [REDH] 

Tattoos. A rare topic in the Sherlock Holmes story, yet they're key in helping Sherlock Holmes to discern a little more about a few individuals.
How common were tattoos in Victorian England? Where did they originate? And who in the Canon had them? It's just a...