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  • New History Books: Agente January 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books

    Douglas Boyd, Agente: Female Secret Agents in World Wars, Cold Wars and Civil Wars

    Another spy book. Am worried that the range might be too great, but look forward to getting.

    Richard Cosway Meets the Wandering Jew January 22, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Richard Cosway Meets the Wandering Jew

    This story appears in Cyrus Redding’s Fifty Years in the third volume (1858). Redding is describing a Mr. Beckford, an immensely rich Englishman in the late eighteenth, early nineteenth century with whom he was personally acquainted. The following story is not from Beckford but from a friend of Beckford which means, of course, we are […]

    New History Books: Are Racists Crazy? January 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Are Racists Crazy?

    Sander L. Gilman and James M. Thomas, Are Racists Crazy? Race and racialism have become one of the great postwar markers. Greatly look forward to reading this.

    How to Turn around Political Punditry? January 21, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite
    How to Turn around Political Punditry?

    The most interesting thing that Beach has read so far in 2017 has been Dominic Cumming’s extraordinary piece for the Spectator on fighting a modern political campaign. The campaign he had in mind was the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Cummings gives 20,000 words to the fight over Europe in the UK, but to the […]

    History Roundup 757: the Supernatural January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 757: the Supernatural

    Today’s links follow 1) Rasputin’s Ghost and Walt Disney: US 2) Dancing Mania: the Rhine 3) Mournful Gust of Wind: New England 4) The Donkey Lady: Texas 5) Gate to hell: Turkey and from the archives 6) Roman Killing Theatre Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: The Testimony of […]

    19C Rumours from Britain January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    19C Rumours from Britain

    In his search for Victorian urban legends, Beach has recently been chasing the word ‘rumour’ through the Victorian press. He did not find much in the way of urban legends but he did find lots of inexplicable international gossip. Of course, in the age of the internet the rumour that the Prince of Wales had drowned […]

    Daily History Picture: Goblin Scare! January 20, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Goblin Scare!

    When Farmer Smith’s barn becomes a luminous grinning monster…

    The Servant Who Became a Bride January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Servant Who Became a Bride

    Beach has often offered up stories that sound like that they may be urban legends from Victorian Britain. Many of these stories involve crime because crime was acceptable to the reading palate of Victorians: morality, punishment, sometimes redemption… There were unquestionably many sexual urban legends. Unfortunately most of these went unrecorded because of Victorian sensibilities. […]

    History Roundup 756: Food, Drink and Household Stories January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 756: Food, Drink and Household Stories

    Today’s links follow 1) Being a Roman Patriarch: Italy 2) Calico Witchcraft Soup: 3) Food as Art: All Over 4) Early Disposable Cups: Germany 5) Creativity in WW1 Diet: US and from the archives 6) Strange Encounter in 9C Tunisia Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: Hallucination Talk

    Daily History Picture: Germans Captured in Crimea January 19, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Germans Captured in Crimea

    The long road home, for some…

    History Roundup 755: WW2 Strangeness January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 755: WW2 Strangeness

    Today’s links follow 1) Mengele Tortured: Brazil 2) Auschwitz Ring: Poland 3) Hitler Escaped: South America 4) Death Camp Archaeology: Poland 5) Watch and WW2 Mystery: Scotland and from the archives 6) In search of an author: Do not stand at my grave Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: […]

    Blood, Ankles and Calculations: The Temple Mount at Jerusalem January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Blood, Ankles and Calculations: The Temple Mount at Jerusalem

    One of the memories of the Crusader victory at Jerusalem in 1099 is the blood of Jewish and Muslim inhabitants spilled when the city was overrun. Contemporary Christian accounts described blood up to the ankles, up to the knees and, finally, up to the bridles of horses at the Temple Mount where most of the […]

    Daily History Picture: Antiquarians in Action January 18, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Antiquarians in Action

    Late 18C antiquarians out and about…

    History Roundup 754: All Prehistory January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 754: All Prehistory

    Today’s links follow 1) Prize Tomb: Greece 2) Not a Goddess: Turkey 3) Impossibly Early Construction: France 4) Impossibly Early Spears: Ethiopia 5) Impossibly Early Silk: China and from the archives 6) Prince Jean Comes Home Any links to send in: strangehistorylinks AT gmail DOT com Other links: e invece non finisce mai

    Daily History Picture: Complaints January 17, 2017

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Complaints

    The London underground before the complaints box came online.

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