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As four million pages of historical newspapers dating back three centuries go online, what were people preoccupied with 200 years ago in 1811?

The British Library's online collection will be the largest collection of online papers and include titles from across the UK and Ireland.

Most of those are local regional titles and a trawl through the archive from 200 years ago reveals a treasure trove of history.

One report in the Manchester Mercury would not appear too out of place in a tabloid newspaper today - although two centuries ago the potential for eye-catching headlines had not been fully explored. The newspaper reports on a curious case of a cow in a village near Hull which died of a mystery illness.

"The servant on opening her afterwards found a snake about a yard long with its head close by the cow's heart - half of the snake appeared in a state of mortification," the report reads.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15945306

Interesting read throughout. It contains some articles from 1811 about strikes against capitalism, people spotting a great comet, napoleon's wars and other articles. Nice insight into life and media 200 years ago.
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LOL at the snake being mortified that he had killed a cow. Well whaddya know, they have a conscience.

Anyway, it's an interesting read. It shows you just how damn different yet not so different everything was...groovy!
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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Says you have to register and subscribe though. Shame, I would've liked to hear the British take on the U.S. Civil War.
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Quote by Basti95
LOL at the snake being mortified that he had killed a cow. Well whaddya know, they have a conscience.

Anyway, it's an interesting read. It shows you just how damn different yet not so different everything was...groovy!


Not sure if serious.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/mortification

check the 3rd definition.

Don't let your boat be empty, don't be a sunken dream
Don't let the boat regret thee, for what you could have seen

Last edited by Blayney at Dec 3, 2011,
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Quote by ErikLensherr
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

Says you have to register and subscribe though. Shame, I would've liked to hear the British take on the U.S. Civil War.

"Bloody troublemakers" would be my guess.

Interesting link anyways, I wonder if there's an archive for swedish newspapers.
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