Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #273

Date: 03 May 2002

marianne wrote:

>> I believe laudanum
>>contained opium, not cocaine.
>You're right, both of you.  Well, I expect that it was Prince Albert who
>took the cocaine. <g>

To kill the pain of his famous/legendary/mythical? piercing? I have heard, anecdotally, that Queen Vic liked a bit of (totally legal) charlie, and took it by the teaspoon for period pains. There was a recent UK book about Victorians which debunks their image as joyless, board-up-the-stuffed-shirt moralists and recasts them as having a very 'healthy' attitude to sex, drugs and pleasure generally. Not read it and just now can't remember the title but I'm sure a search on amazon would find it. There was also a recent history of drug culture, and a lot of my (fairly limited) information on it comes from the excellent - Waiting for the Man, a history of drugs and popular music - which has a potted history of each pharmaceutical before outlining its effects on various musicians and music scenes. Jess has mentioned some hardboiled fictional Victorian detectives - I would love to read some, all I have read are Holmes and Edgar Allan Poe. Could you provide details please Jess? Are they easily available? All the best. Colin.

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