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  • History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen March 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 55 including Rat Blame and Jinkenmen

    Today’s post is part of the Index Biography (though note I accidentally put two up for the first four hours, sorry!) 1) Runaway Slave: Joins British Navy 2) Mad Jack: ww2 Sword Play 3) The Devil’s Footprints: 1885 Revisited 4) Wildmen in Norway and Selkies on Skis: the title alone… 5) False Pregnancies in Early Modern […]

    The Index Biography 5#: Prize = A Good Book March 31, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Index Biography 5#: 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 54 including the first cliff hanger March 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 54 including the first cliff hanger

    Today’s post on a renaissance love goddess. 1) Watching Vesuvius Erupt: reconstruction 2) In King Tut’s Shadow: Carter etc 3) Beachy Head Lady: loved this… African Roman slave in Essex? 4) Human Evolution: the Neanderthal in the Family 5) The First Cliff Hanger: Pauline and her Perils 6) Getting to Grips with Anglesey Neolithic: Wales […]

    Love Goddess #8: Simonetta Vespucci March 30, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Love Goddess #8: Simonetta Vespucci

    Our latest in the love goddess series (for a full list see below) is Simonetta Vespucci (obit 1476), a woman that had the reputation for being the most outstanding beauty of Florence at the apogee of that city’s golden age. We know that she came from Genova (her maiden name was Cattaneo de Candia), we […]

    History Roundup 53 including a flatulent fuhrer March 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 53 including a flatulent fuhrer

    Today’s post on totalitarianism and urban legends: now for the history roundup: 1) Bonnie Prince Charlie: drunken wife-beater 2) Suffragettes: on and off the rails 3) Exhibition for lost Chinese civ: look out for science fiction… 4) More on Cats as Weapons: but can we trust NG? 5) Violet Jessop: little miss unsinkable 6) Should […]

    Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes March 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Totalitarian Leaders, Urban Legends and Motorbikes

    Totalitarian states put their leaders at the very heart of civic life as symbol and reality of fascism/Nazism/communism (or whatever other nightmare a country has fallen into). One of the consequences of the popular focus on the duce/fuhrer/stalin is that the individual citizen comes to feel a special warmth for the head that they might […]

    History Roundup 52 including VE Sex and Gigantism March 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 52 including VE Sex and Gigantism

    Today’s post is lies on free fall. 1) World’s Oldest Yacht: Mann 2) Dad’s Army: Maps… 3) Early Evidence for Gigantism: out west 4) Sex on VE Day: what if the king had seen? 5) In Search of Dead Babies: in archaeology 6) Being a Nazi’s Son: in Egypt 7) Genius Who Killed Himself: blood […]

    Expert Opinion on Deadly Free Fall March 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Expert Opinion on Deadly Free Fall

    Of course, medical and scientific opinion more generally has been proved wrong time and time again over the centuries with red faces enough all around. But Beach stumbled on an early twentieth-century example that had entirely escaped his notice. He quotes from Peter Hearn’s excellent Sky High Irvin: The Story of a Parachute Pioneer. Strange […]

    History Roundup 51 including Medieval Teenagers and Little Ice Ages March 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 51 including Medieval Teenagers and Little Ice Ages

    Today’s post on making mummies in the twentieth century 1) Lessons from the Little Ice Age: climate change etc 2) Lessons from Waco: no words… 3) Medieval teenagers: kids, apprentices, beatings… 4) Walking in the Moccasins of the Ancestors: remembering the ancients 5) 7000 Year-Old Cave Painting: India 6) Iowans in Rare 19 Cent Films: […]

    How to Make a Mummy: According to Bob Brier and Robert Wade March 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    How to Make a Mummy: According to Bob Brier and Robert Wade

    Checklist. You don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead? You are not squeamish about your body being messed around with after you have passed? You have no dangerous blood-bourne diseases? And you would like a form of immortality? Then why not volunteer to become an Egyptian mummy? This anyway is what happened 24 May […]

    History Roundup 50 including Georgian Bums and the New Neolithic March 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 50 including Georgian Bums and the New Neolithic

    Today’s post is on 19 cent gold detectors 1) That big Georgian bum: Georgian dresses 2) Building Tanks: impressive photos 3) Goodbye Richard Halliburton: A pre war hero remembered 4) Saving WW1 Photos: thank the rubbish man 5) New Neolithic Burrow: Wiltshire 6) Who Killed Jane Stanford: as in the university 7) Tolkien and the […]

    Madame Caillavah and Her Nineteenth-Century Gold Detector March 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Madame Caillavah and Her Nineteenth-Century Gold Detector

    In that unholy mess of blood and tradition-killing, the French Revolution, there was much sacking of national treasure houses and attempts by ‘reactionaries’ and guardians to keep some of those treasures out of the hands of the Convention. One such event took place in 1793 at St Denis when looters went over the entire Cathedral […]

    History Roundup 49 including Gentleman Jack March 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 49 including Gentleman Jack

    Today’s post is on Heliopolis and the Phoenix 1) Gentleman Jack: in prison and out 2) Norfolk Footprints: most detailed online post to date about the oldest prints in Europe 3) 1914 Grand World Tour: Baseball international 4) Amenhotep III: two massive statues 5) Dressing an 18 Cent Lady: how many tradesmen 6) Black Dogs […]

    A Medieval Phoenix and Heliopolis March 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    A Medieval Phoenix and Heliopolis

    The phoenix has been written about for well over two thousand years. Here though is a late version, a medieval version, in fact. It is interesting for its vividness and also for the curious confusion over Heliopolis, which the author situates in Ethiopia (rather than Egypt): any help with where this confusion begins, drbeachcombing AT […]

    History Roundup 48 including Lost Battles and Tombs March 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 48 including Lost Battles and Tombs

    Today’s post on flying stones 1) Bruce’s Scottish Parliament: dug up 2) The Lost Tomb of Imhotep: found at last? 3) The Mississippi and Mark Twain: I hate spelling that word… 4) Colonial America Paints Decadent Europe: with samples 5) Lost Battle Found: between Spanish and Indians 6) Strange Tattoo in Egypt: ‘Archangel Michael’ Other Links: […]

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