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  • The Oldest Record of an Escaped Slave? November 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Oldest Record of an Escaped Slave?

    Consider this record reporting an escaped slave named Hermon or alternatively Nilus. About 18 years old, of medium stature, beardless, with good legs, a dimple on the chin, a mole by the left side of the nose, a scar above the left corner of the mouth, tattooed on the right wrist with two barbarian letters. […]

    History Roundup 264 including Muslim Discovery of America November 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 264 including Muslim Discovery of America

    Today’s links follow. 1) Harrowing of Hell: Christian Imagination 2) Muslim Discovery of New World: Cuba! [This is good!!!] 3) Baby Burial: Alaska 4) Hidden Cold War History: Britain 5) St Martins Traditions: Dorset, UK 6) 400 Year Old High Heels: Ireland! 7) Panic Before Death: Pompeii 8) Crighton’s Heroism: See off Nova Scotia and […]

    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight November 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Dog Fight

    Dog fight in the London sky in the summer of 1940: Though many brave unwritten tales Were simply told in vapour trails

    Three Forgotten Democratic Tools from History November 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Three Forgotten Democratic Tools from History

    Western democracies run on a fairly limited model with relatively little variety from country to country. There follow three features that have disappeared from our contemporary democracies but that worked (and worked well) in the three most significant strands of historical democracies: ancient Greece, the medieval Italian communes and Viking ‘controlled anarchy’. Ostracisim Ancient Athens […]

    History Roundup 263 including Pretty Witch Poisoner November 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 263 including Pretty Witch Poisoner

    Today’s links follow. 1) Lost Female Figures of Christmas: western world 2) Elizabethan Super Heroes: brilliant! 3) Historians and Video Games: Quebec 4) Choosing Albert: Britain 5) Pretty Witch Poisoner: Nanticoke 6) Woman Edited Koran? Rather than you than me, medievalists… 7) Mystery Prehistoric Sites: Exmoor 8) Jesus Married Again: Middle East and from the […]

    Daily History Picture: Chasing Gnome? November 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Chasing Gnome?

      Twelfth century?? Note strange feet of the yellow trousered one.

    In Praise of North Korean Pop Music November 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary
    In Praise of North Korean Pop Music

    We need to be grateful for North Korea. In a world where communism has crumbled like a biscuit in milk, where even Cuba is getting excited about the market, where there are scores of Chinese billionaires, then good old North Korea is there to remind us of just how god awful state run life can […]

    History Roundup 262 including the Luckiest Man Alive November 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 262 including the Luckiest Man Alive

    Today’s links follow. 1) Boris Johnson on Churchill: aaargh 2) End His Days in Blood: England’s Charles and omen 3) Luckiest Man Alive: WW1 Britain 4) Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots Meet: in Paris! 5) Secret Women Agents: Occupied Europe 6) Condom Through History Display: the world… 7) Two Nuns for One: Spain 8) […]

    The Misericordia Polyptych Meets Allied Bombs November 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Medieval
    The Misericordia Polyptych Meets Allied Bombs

    The Misericordia Polyptych is a talismanic work of art by Piero della Francesca, today, and for most of its history, kept at Sanselpolcro in eastern Tuscany near the border with Umbria (Italy). It took PF seventeen years to complete the polyptych, yet it would have only taken a second for an Allied bomb to blow […]

    History Roundup 261 including Romans in Japan? November 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 261 including Romans in Japan?

    Today’s links follow. 1) Roman Glass in the Far East: Japan 2) Nice Rommel: Occupied Europe 3) Stone Age Village: Wight 4) Wolfe’s Mystery Painting: Canada 5) World Toilet Day: …. 6) Oldest Basketball Court: Paris 7) Portable Soup: Royal Navy 8) Moccasin Cave: Utah and from the archives 9) Frederick’s Roman Fantasies Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Hungarian Execution November 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Hungarian Execution

      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 […]

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