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A look at everyday objects from the past

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The perfect remedy for the swooning ladies at the feet of Mr Darcy

Pick up a classic novel or watch a costume drama and no doubt you will soon encounter a swooning lady

Swooning is a trope used in classic and period literature depicting people (mainly women) fainting from distress, horror or desire for a particularly attractive suitor. But in real life, the tight corsets popular during the 19th century also led to a propensity to faint.

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About BBC History Revealed

Despite being one of the most talked about artworks in history, the Mona Lisa remains enshrined in mystery. And while we will never know what she was smiling about, we explore what we do now know about the world's most famous painting. Plus: We look at the story of Robert the Bruce's fight for Scottish independence, the Nazi Occupation of the Channel Islands and the reign of Queen Anne, which saw the creation of Great Britain.