The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Seventeen – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 16’s Historical Tidbit is a fun one! Did you ever make up a code (written or spoken) in order to be able to say whatever you wanted without getting in trouble? Today’s Historical Tidbit is about….COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Sixteen – Historical Tidbit

In Chapter 16, we hear about a number of titles that were used in Tudor England. At the time, the hierarchy of society was incredibly important to how society functioned. Though these titles don’t hold quite as much weight today, they still exist. Today’s Historical Tidbit is about….ORDER OF PRECEDENCE

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Fifteen – Historical Tidbit

In Chapter 15, and beyond, in The Prince and the Pauper, Lord Hertford earns a specific title. This role allows him to be a personal advisor to Edward (actually Tom) for a good part of the story. Today’s Historical Tidbit is about the role of….LORD PROTECTOR

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Fourteen – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 14’s Historical Tidbit is in reference to a character who ends up becoming instrumental in Tom’s success at being a king. Today’s Historical Tidbit is about the role of….WHIPPING BOY

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Thirteen – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 13’s Historical Tidbit was a hard one to find! There weren’t many options to choose from in Chapter 13. But there was a part of the chapter that I’ve always been curious about. While Miles is repairing a set of clothes that he bought secondhand for Edward, he sings to himself. But is the song that he sings a real song? Today’s Historical Tidbit is….Miles’ Song

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Twelve – Historical Tidbit

The Historical Tidbit for Chapter 12 of The Prince and the Pauper is one that pretty much everyone is familiar with. Most people hear this term starting at a very young age through the form of a children’s nursery rhyme. Today’s Historical Tidbit is….LONDON BRIDGE

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eleven – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 11 of The Prince and the Pauper contains a very brief reference to two giants watching over a feast. It’s a brief reference, and was something that I didn’t understand the first few times I read it. Finally I decided to look into it. Today’s Historical Tidbit focuses on….GOG AND MAGOG

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Ten – Historical Tidbit

Chapter 10 of The Prince and the Pauper contains a reference that has been fairly foreign to any of my students who have encountered it. It is a plot device used to allow Edward to escape from John Canty. Though Mark Twain explains it in more detail than most of his historical references, it can still leave people somewhat confused as to what he is talking about. Today’s Historical Tidbit focuses on….LOVING CUPS

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Nine – Historical Tidbit

If you were to represent The Prince and the Pauper using a pie chart based on the topics discussed by Mark Twain, descriptions of clothing would take up a large portion of that chart. If you did the same thing for Chapter 9, it would take up the large majority. Mark Twain looooves describing what people are wearing. So for that reason, our Historical Tidbit for today is, of course….TUDOR FASHION

The Prince and the Pauper – Chapter Eight – Historical Tidbit

Believe it or not, Henry VIII started out as a healthy, handsome, and strong young king. It wasn’t until later in life where he became the king most remember him for today — ornery, overweight, ill, and many-wived. So where did it all go wrong? Today our Historical Tidbit for Chapter 8 of The Prince and the Pauper is…


If you’ve ever done any exploration into the medical practices of the past, you probably agree that it’s shocking anyone even lived past childhood. Yet somehow, amongst plagues, infections, and terrifyingly unhygienic practices, people still survived! Unfortunately for Henry VIII, that luck eventually ran out. Watch the video to find out more about his failing health.