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  • Daily History Picture: Hungarian Execution November 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    bardossy

     

    Bardossy, ex Hungarian Prime Minister, executed in 1946 in Budapest. The tides of history…

     

    Sunk Three Times in an Hour November 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Sunk Three Times in an Hour

    Beachcombing’s grandfather was sunk three times in the last World War. But the three times in question were spread out over seven years… Imagine, instead, being sunk three times in just under an hour, not only that, we are not talking about lonely frigates or minesweepers, these were three British battleships: HMS Cressy, Aboukir and […]

    History Roundup 260 including Terra Cotta Ears November 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 260 including Terra Cotta Ears

    Today’s links follow: 1) Save the Imperial War Museum Library: London 2) Napoleon and Cryptography: France 3) Modern Conflict Photographed: All over 4) Ears of Terra-Cotta Figures: China 5) Masur Mounds: Louisiana 6) 10 Most Important Books: Bible, Orwell… (!!) 7) Stolen Book Rescued from Oxfam: Exeter and from the archives 8) Early Australia Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Bad Cats November 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bad Cats

      Would you leave the kids at home with these three?  

    Ethiopian Boat Arrives in the Mediterranean?! November 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Ethiopian Boat Arrives in the Mediterranean?!

    Here’s a strange text to say the least. It appears in that remarkable tenth-century Arab work Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems by Abu Zayd, the kind of miscellany of marvels that only the Arabs could write: the non-fiction reflex of Sinbad. In the Sea of Rum [the Mediterranean] near the island of Iqritish […]

    History Roundup 259 including Witch Wreath November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 259 including Witch Wreath

    Today’s links follow: 1) Chopin’s Heart: Poland 2) Shakespeare Cipher? Britain 3) Witch Wreath: US 4) Skeletal Remains in Alex Era Tomb: Macedonia 5) Great Mail Robberies, 1791: Britain 6) Did They or Didn’t They: Chase’s bedroom 7) Very Old Razor Blade: Siberia and from the archives 8) Headless Races Other links: sex survey and marijuana […]

    Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ali Love Pele

    Two of the most charismatic sportsmen of all time embrace.

    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices November 19, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Joan of Arc and the Genesis of Her Voices

    Joan of Arc has appeared once before on this blog in that fascinating moment where she apparently picked out the Dauphin with psychic antennae. Today, two years on, Beach is turning instead to another part of Joan’s paranormal life, her voices. Joan heard, from her early adolescence onwards, voices. These voices gave her instruction and […]

    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 258 including Uncolonised Africa

    Today’s links follow: today’s post was the children tree 1) If Africa Had Not Been Colonised: map 2) Ghostly Excavations: Glastonbury 3) Napoleon’s Hat Bought Abroad: Korea…. 4) Unsolved Cipher: Britain 5) Bizarre Museum: London 6) Ancient Sewers: Rome 7) Seer Stone: Scotland and from the archives 8) Death Dealer of Kovno Other links: creepy […]

    The Children Tree November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    The Children Tree

    There are some rare accounts from the middle ages (though not from antiquity?) of trees that are alive. The following comes from the great eighth-century Chinese geographer Du You. Du You is talking here of the Dashi, the Chinese word for the Arabs, that have just started to come onto the horizon with the Islamic […]

    Daily History Picture: ‘Oakies’ Out West November 18, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 'Oakies' Out West

    Family on the run from the dustbowl.

    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth November 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    Source of Life: Mrs B Gives Birth

    3.5 kilos, homebirth, lots of stitches, baby and mother doing well.

    Daily History Picture: Playing Medieval Chess November 17, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Playing Medieval Chess

    A fourteenth-century chess game. What’s the blue bag for on high?

    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Elizabeth in the Puddle

    Sparse 19 cent version of Elizabeth walking in the puddle, note the pipe!

    Written Gibberish and Magic November 16, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Written Gibberish and Magic

    Keith Thomas includes in his classic Magic and the Decline of Religion a few precious pages on gibberish charms that were sometimes given out by ‘cunning men and women’ (aka witches) to those who wanted protection. These were typically worn about the neck of someone who wished for help against demons or better health. Some […]

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