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  • History Roundup 341 including the Baron of Arizona March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups

    mao nixon

    Today’s links follow.

    1) Medieval Magic: the West

    2) UFO and Museum: New England

    3) Baron in the Desert: Arizona!

    4) Oriental Jones: the East and England

    5) Fighting Women: England (brilliant images, don’t miss)

    6) Islamic Coins in Shield: Vikings….

    7) Ancient City Design: past is present

    8) Talking to the Dead with Radio? Long tradition, see Craufurd

    and from the archives

    9) Atlantis before Plato’s Atlantis

    Other links: The US and the EU, ISIS medieval SOBs (best article from Feb?), Mystery Tunnel in Toronto, Just the Way You Are, Billy Joel

    Daily History Picture: Coney Island Drowning March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Coney Island Drowning

    1940 Coney Island Drowning. What’s most interesting the respiration equipment or the girl’s incredibly inappropriate Bay Watch smile?

    Immortal Meals #19: The Fish That Killed An Emperor March 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Immortal Meals #19: The Fish That Killed An Emperor

    ***thanks to Tacitus from Detritus for sending this one in*** Symmachus and the far more famous Boethius were Roman nobles after the end of the Roman empire, an uncomfortable time to be ‘senators’. Boethius fell into disgrace with the emperor Theoderic: he essentially got into trouble for defending, in the law courts, an enemy of Theoderic. […]

    History Roundup 340 including Fighting Women March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 340 including Fighting Women

    Today’s links follow. 1) Vikings Investors not Plunderers: aaargh!!!! 2) Read New Fairytales: Germany 3) Ghost of Brumby Hall: Lincolnshire 4) Red Baron and UFOs: Germany 5) Beauty, Sex and Power, Review: Georgian England 6) New (and interesting) Graves: Andes 7) Ghost Patents Machine: UK 8) Osteoarchaeology: Durham and from the archives 9) Image: Arresting Trouble […]

    Daily History Picture: Dance Till You Drop March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dance Till You Drop

    Last four couples at the chicago dance marathon c. 1930

    The Horror of History Seen from the Bubble March 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    The Horror of History Seen from the Bubble

    Beach has long consoled himself with the thought that he is in the Bubble: the three generations that have lived since the Second World War in the western nations, surfing the greatest economic wave in history, buoyed along by petroleum, micro-chips, and the internet and paradoxically protected from violence by the threat of thermo-nuclear war. […]

    Beachcombed 57 March 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 57

    Dear Reader, spring in the air here now in Italy. Just ordered some giant yellow daisies and rats have appeared in the garden: March the hungriest month… Six more weeks of classes then a summer of writing. Getting an itch under my typing fingers already. Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris […]

    History Roundup 339 including the 250 Year Old Man February 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 339 including the 250 Year Old Man

    Today’s links follow. 1) 250 Years Old? China 2) Another Boudica?! Britain 3) Slaves and Elephants: US 4) Ice Forteana! US 5) Secret Room in Temple: Lebanon 6) Linnaeus’ Ghost: Sweden 7) Female Boxing Match: England 8) Medieval Astronomy: Arab world and from the archives 9) Classicists and the other side Other links: Albino death […]

    The Index Biography #16: Prize = A Good Book February 28, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography #16: Prize = A Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 338 including a Jousting Death February 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 338 including a Jousting Death

    Today’s links follow. 1) Horse Slasher: London 2) Imperial Eggs: Russia and elsewhere 3) Indo-European Languages: off the Steppes 4) Pharaoh Killed in Battle: Egypt and Abroad 5) Convict Ship Stats: London 6) Animals and Blue Plaques: England 7) Joust Casualty: England 8) Best Friends After Death: Renaissance Italy and from the archives 9) Return […]

    Daily History Picture: Cittern Player February 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Cittern Player

    John Durand’s wonderful cittern picture…  

    Hair Harvests and Hair Theft February 27, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Hair Harvests and Hair Theft

    The hair harvest was the trick of selling your beautiful head of hair, an option open to hirsute young women, to the local barber for a sovereign (or somewhat less). The practice was common enough in Victorian Britain that it appears in a Hardy novel, The Woodlanders, where Marty lops off her hair and sells […]

    History Roundup 337 including Neruda Going Home February 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 337 including Neruda Going Home

    Today’s links follow. 1) Romans Out! Britain 2) Charlotte Where Are You? Georgian England 3) Neruda Goes Home: Chile 4) Hanging Bridges: all over 5) Mountain Treasures: Carpathians 6) 1806 Map: London 7) Cannibal Facts: all over 8) Remember (How) the Easter Rising: Ireland and from the archives 9) St Paul’s Rides the Blitz Other […]

    Daily History Picture: Obscene Middle Ages February 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Obscene Middle Ages

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    In Search of Medieval Pain February 26, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    In Search of Medieval Pain

    First, a small rider. Beach would prefer to spend ten minutes in the company of medieval artists, than two hours in the company of the Renaissance ‘masters’. However, he has recently been disappointed in a search for pain among his favourite twelfth-, thirteenth- and fourteenth-century painters. In his naivety he thought that crucifixion scenes and […]

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