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  • Daily History Picture: Pugilistic Parson December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures

    1870

    A British newspaper story from 1870, enjoyed the flying mortar board: go Anglicans, go!

    Review: Hitler’s Forgotten Children December 5, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Review: Hitler's Forgotten Children

    Lebensborn is a Nazi word to place side by side with such Teutonic charmers as Einsatzgruppen, Lebensraum and Endlösung. The Lebensborn or Life’s Fount was a scheme to breed a hundred million blond supermen and their hand maidens. It had various reflexes: sex between consenting Aryans was encouraged, against conventional Christian morality; Aryan women siring children […]

    New History Books: Hitler’s Religion December 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Hitler's Religion

    Richard Weikart, Hitler’s Religion: apparently Hitler was a pantheist. It would make sense…

    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses December 4, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Murder Will Out: Unusual Bleeding Corpses

    This passage comes from one of Beach’s recent favourites (for which he must thank Mike G), the Athenian Mercury. The AM was a late seventeenth-century journal that has been described as the first advice column in history. Readers would write in questions and the editors, a cabal of level-headed Londoners, would then do their best to […]

    New History Books: Beethoven’s Skull December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : New History Books
    New History Books: Beethoven's Skull

    Tim Rayborn, Beethoven’s Skull: weird stories form classical music….

    Salamander Experiments in Rome December 3, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Salamander Experiments in Rome

    A short note today from a curious book entitled Salamandrologia published in 1683 in Nuremberg, about, of course, Salamanders, p. 116, the mythical fire dwelling lizard: it is a surprisingly long work and worth browsing through. Here is one fragment. It would be good to trace the original down in Italian, German or Latin. It […]

    Child Murder in a London Church? December 2, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Child Murder in a London Church?

    This is an extraordinary story about child murder in a London church. In fact, the real story here – thinking of this site’s interest in urban legend and rumour – is the power of a freak event involving bodies to whip a working class area into a frenzy, but we’ll get to that…. In August […]

    Beachcombed 78 December 1, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 78

    Crikey, well this has been another dramatic month… Beach has been in intense contract negotiations and will now leave his old institute and go and work in another one: he was given an offer he could not refuse and 72 hours to decide, the next three days were a sort of gnawing hell. Many times […]

    History Roundup 744 including Merlin’s Cave November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 744 including Merlin's Cave

    1) Selfie Destroys Statue: Lisbon 2) Shakespeare Writes for One Theatre: Stage 3) Merlin’s Cave: London 4) US Chips, Soviet Disaster: Cold War 5) Hoard of Islamic Silver: Scandinavia and from the archives 6) Astarte’s Pierced Nipples Other links: Lost Princess (bless her) Don’t believe this for a second, though sure the SA family sincere, […]

    Daily History Picture: German Cameraman November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: German Cameraman

    This German war correspondent hidden behind a Russian tank in 1942 when there were still good things to report.

    Index Biography #36: Prize a book November 30, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Index Biography #36: Prize a book

    ***Melissa got this, scroll down for the result*** 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 […]

    History Roundup 743 including Oldest Dentures and Oldest Alphabet November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 743 including Oldest Dentures and Oldest Alphabet

    1) Asian Robin Hood’s Grave: Siberia 2) Thinking Man: Israel 3) World’s Oldest Dentures: Italy 4) New Inscriptions: Black Desert 5) Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew and from the archives 6) Earliest Written Reference to Britannia Other links: Del Amitri, Driving with the Brakes On (a song about abortion)

    Daily History Picture: Bombers Back November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Bombers Back

    British and Dominion bombers back from a raid over Germany, 2 March 1944

    Immortal Meals #30: Avendaño’s Anxious Banquet November 29, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Immortal Meals #30: Avendaño's Anxious Banquet

    Imagine going to a banquet and not being sure if you are to eat or be eaten. Welcome to the world of Andrés de Avendaño y Loyola, a seventeenth-century Franciscan who walked into the territory of the Itza (a forgotten kingdom previously celebrated on this blog) in 1696. Avendaño was brave. Many other missionaries had […]

    History Roundup 742 including Druggy Dinner and Eating a Mammoth November 28, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 742 including Druggy Dinner and Eating a Mammoth

    1) Druggy Dinner Party: Scotland 2) Early Domesticated Turkeys: Mexico 3) Unusual Alcohol from History: Prehistory and on 4) World’s Oldest Beer Yeast: Australia 5) Eating a Mammoth: Prehistory and from the archives 6) First Funeral Wreath Other links:  [in contract negotiations this week]

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