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  • 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 […]

    History Roundup 336 including Japanese Mermaids February 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 336 including Japanese Mermaids

    Today’s links follow. 1) Cholera Victims: italy 2) First Mardi Gras: New Orleans (and our take) 3) Minister Tests Dead Wife: the US 4) Mayan Murals Beautifully Preserved: MesoAmerica 5) Archives and Dust: note for historians at risk of heart attack 6) Gold Sniffing Ghost: France 7) Mermaid: Japan and from the archives 8) One […]

    Daily History Picture: Italy Fights for the Alps February 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    Daily History Picture: Italy Fights for the Alps

    Italian soldiers in Alps, WW1: warriors with feathers, never a good sign…  

    How Gerbils Killed Millions February 25, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    How Gerbils Killed Millions

    One of the most exciting areas of plague research in the last year has been the question of what transmitted the Black Death from central Asia into the distant but well populated margins of Euro-Asia in the fourteenth century. The answer which has been patly trotted out for over a hundred years now is that a rat […]

    History Roundup 336 including Heartbreak Graffiti February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 336 including Heartbreak Graffiti

    Today’s links follow. 1) A Mummy Book: Etruscia/Egypt 2) Witchcraft: north East England 3) New England Ghost: Connecticut 4) Jacobite Treasures and the Lost Cause: Auction House 5) New Archaeological Discoveries: Singapore 6) Heartbreaking Graffiti: Cambridgeshire 7) Men and Women, the Truth: England 8) Photographic Processes: the West and from the archives 9) Atlantis Mysteries […]

    Daily History Picture: 1956 Budapest February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: 1956 Budapest

    Lest we forget: Hungarian patriots rise against the Soviets.  

    Good Swastikas? The Hakaristi February 24, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Good Swastikas? The Hakaristi

    When is a swastika a good sign? The answer is, crudely, when it predates the Nazi party’s adoption of the crooked cross in 1920, for the swastika is one of the most ancient and one of the most widespread of human symbols. In many countries it remained an essentially religious symbol, locked into a pre-modern memory […]

    History Roundup 335 including new Sherlock Holmes Story February 23, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 335 including new Sherlock Holmes Story

    Today’s links follow. 1) New Sherlock Holmes Story: Scotland 2) Truman’s Almost Sent Telegram: McCarthy 3) Body Snatching: Scotland 4) Tropical Fire Ants: All Over the World 5) African American Women Find Freedom: Paris! 6) Curiosity Cabinet: Manchester College 7) Jacobite Ghosts: Scotland ‘ghosts take time to ripen’!!! and from the archives 8) Electric Eels […]

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